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Deputy Sheriff John Wesley Mckinney Brazoria County Sheriff's Department end of Watch: Tuesday, October 22, 1940 Age: 78 Tour of Duty: 20 years Cause of Death: Automobile accident Date of Incident: Saturday, October 19, 1940 Deputy McKinney succumbed to injuries received in an automobile accident three days earlier. He had been with the agency for 20 years and was survived by his wife and six chil- dren.
Deputy Sheriff Frank Pleasants Bell Fort Bend County Sheriff's Department end of Watch: Friday, October 10, 1930 Age: 55 Tour of Duty: 3 years Cause of Death: Struck by vehicle Date of incident: Friday, October 10, 1930 Deputy Bell was struck and killed by a ve- hicle while assisting several people who had been injured on the highway. He was struck by a passing car as he stepped from behind a parked car. The driver of the car that struck him was charged with negligent homicide. Deputy Bell had been with the agency for three years and was survived by his wife and two children. On July 27, 1928, Deputy Bell and Tom Davis were wounded attempting to arrest seven prison escapees who had killed Cor- rections Sergeant Henry Ward. One of the inmates who escaped had killed Guard Wil- liam Rader on July 22, 1926 in another es- cape attempt.
Assistant Probation Officer David McReynolds Harris County Community Supervision and Corrections Department end of Watch: Sunday, October 28, 1928 Age: 60 Cause of Death: Gunfire Date of incident: Sunday, October 21, 1928 Weapon Used: Handgun; .45 caliber Suspect info: two men sentenced to pris- on A witness saw three men in a coupe pass him and one man fire a pistol into the air six or seven times. The car turned into an alley. In a few moments Assistant Probation Of- ficer David McReynolds came running up to the witness and asked about the shooting, and upon being directed went into the alley. About three minutes later a man ran rapidly out of the alley and was followed by two others, one of whom had in his hand a pistol. Witnesses found Officer McReynolds shot through the body, lying on his face behind the coupe in front of the house. McReynolds was transported to the hospital where he died on Sunday, October 28, 1928. Pablo Jazo and Enrique Magana were arrest- ed in La Grange, Texas on Friday, October 26, 1928. Magana was in possession of a .45 caliber pistol and 136 rounds of ammunition.
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They were charged with the murder of Of- ficer McReynolds. The suspects alleged that Officer McReynolds entered the house and immediately opened fire on Magana, and Magana shot and killed him in self defense. Evidence from witnesses said the pistol of McReynolds was in its holster on his body. A number of witnesses examined it and tes- tified without contradiction that it had not been recently fired. They also testified that the front door to the house was locked. Both men were convicted of the murder. Jazo re- ceived a 15-year sentence and Magana re- ceived a 10-year sentence in prison. McReynolds was married and had 4 chil- dren in 1920 census. He was buried in Gran- ite City, Illinois.
Captain Jerry Ralph Foster Harris County Constable's Office - Pre- cinct 5 end of Watch: Friday, October 22, 1993 Age: 54 Tour of Duty: 23 years Badge number: 12 Cause of Death: Struck by vehicle Date of incident: Tuesday, October 19, 1993 Captain Jerry Foster succumbed to injuries received three days earlier when he was struck by a car while directing traffic at the scene of an accident at Beltway 8 and High- way 59. The driver of a van attempted to drive around the stopped cars. When he saw the officers he slammed on the brakes and went into a spin, striking Captain Foster and caus- ing severe head injuries. Captain Foster was transported to Ben Taub Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. Captain Foster had been employed with the Harris County Constable's Office for 23 years. He is survived by his wife, daughter, son, brother, and sister.
Deputy Constable Jason norling Harris County Constable's Office - Pre- cinct 5 end of Watch: Monday, October 1, 2007 Age: 38 Tour of Duty: 8 years Cause of Death: Struck by vehicle Date of incident: Monday, October 1, 2007 Deputy Constable Jason Norling was struck and killed by a vehicle while conducting a traffic stop on the Westpark Tollway. He was standing next to the driver's side window of the vehicle he had stopped when the collision occurred. He was transported to Memorial Hermann Hospital, where he succumbed to his inju- ries a short time later. Deputy Constable Norling had served with the Precinct 5 Constable's Office for 8 years. He is survived by his wife, mother, brother, niece, and nephew. His brother also serves as a deputy constable with the Precinct 5 Constable's Office.
Deputy Sheriff Royce Melvin Anderson Harris County Sheriff's Department
end of Watch: Monday, October 26, 1981 Age: 29 Tour of Duty: 2 years Badge number: 479 Cause of Death: Gunfire (Accidental) Date of incident: Sunday, October 25, 1981 Weapon Used: Officer's handgun Deputy Royce Anderson succumbed to an accidental gunshot wound received the pre- vious night while making a felony arrest at 2145 hours. He and his partner had respond- ed to a truck stop on I-45 for a weapons vio- lation. After interviewing a stabbing victim they obtained a description of the suspect and his truck. The deputies located the ve- hicle and stopped it near the FM 149 over- pass and took both occupants into custody at gunpoint. As Deputy Anderson re-holstered his weapon it discharged, striking him in the upper leg and severing all of his major arter- ies. He was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to the wound at 5:05 am the following morning. Deputy Anderson had served with the agency for 2 years. He was survived by his wife and two children.
Deputy Sheriff John Charles Risley Harris County Sheriff's Department end of Watch: Monday, October 23, 2000 Age: 37 Tour of Duty: 10 years Cause of Death: Gunfire Date of incident: Monday, October 23, 2000 Weapon Used: Shotgun Suspect info: Shot and killed by other deputy Deputy Risley was shot and killed after re- sponding to a disturbance call in a rural sec- tion of the county near Tomball. A person at the residence reported that a male had appeared at their home with a shotgun, claiming the Mafia was following him. Deputy Risley arrived on the scene and had requested backup before he was shot and killed by the suspect. Deputy Risley's backup arrived and asked the suspect where Deputy Risley was. The suspect pointed in the direction where Dep- uty Risley's body laid, then pointed his shot- gun at the second deputy. The deputy shot and killed the suspect. Deputy Risley had been employed with the Harris County Sheriff's Department for 10 years, and is survived by his wife and two children.
Detective Joseph Robert Free Houston Police Department end of Watch: Friday, October 18, 1912 Age: 30 Tour of Duty: 6 years Cause of Death: Gunfire Date of incident: Sunday, October 13, 1912 Weapon Used: Handgun Suspect Info: Killed by officer
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Residents of a rooming house complained to the police chief that Floyd Buckingham had been making insulting and rude remarks to female occupants. The chief dispatched Detectives Joseph Robert Free and T.N. Re- neau to investigate. It was later learned that two mounted officers had answered a call at the rooming house earlier but Buckingham was not in his room. When the detectives ar- rived several women told them Buckingham was demented and acting crazy for days. They neglected to tell the detectives he was armed with a large caliber pistol. As the two detectives entered the room Buckingham shot and wounded Detective Free. Detective Reneau moved Free out of the doorway and both detectives returned fire. Buckingham was struck in the right breast and died at the scene. Detective Free was struck in the right side of his stomach and the bullet penetrated his liv- er. He died on October 18. He was married and had four children. He was buried in the Prairie Lea Cemetery in Brenham, Washing- ton County. He had been on the police force for six years.
Officer Harry T. Mereness Houston Police Department end of Watch: Wednesday, October 18, 1933 Cause of Death: Motorcycle accident Date of incident: Wednesday, October 18, 1933 Officer Mereness was killed in a motorcy- cle accident while making a left turn onto Park Place. His motorcycle struck another vehicle that was also making a turn. Officer Mereness was thrown to the ground and re- ceived fatal injuries. The driver of the other car was charged with negligent homicide in juvenile court. Officer Mereness was survived by his wife, two sons, mother and sister.
Police Officer Jerry L. Spruill Houston Police Department end of Watch: Thursday, October 26, 1972 Age: 29 Tour of Duty: 3 years, 6 months Badge number: 2458 Cause of Death: Gunfire Date of incident: Thursday, October 26, 1972 Suspect info: Released after serving 14 years Officer Spruill was shot and killed after be- ing setup in an ambush while working a uni- formed, off duty security detail. He had gone inside to call dispatch when a man came in and told him his car's lights were on. When he went outside to check on the car two sus- pects approached him and shot him in the back six times. He was transported to Ben Taub Hospital where he was pronounced dead at around midnight. One suspect was apprehended and sentenced to 38 years for Officer Spruill's murder and was sentenced to life in prison in connection
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