Deputy Sheriff Rayburn L. Shipp

Deputy Sheriff Rayburn L. Shipp

Hunt County Sheriff's Office, Texas

End of Watch Tuesday, July 18, 1972

Rayburn L. Shipp

Deputy Sheriff Rayburn Shipp was shot and killed with his own service weapon while he and a state trooper transported three prisoners from the Hunt County Jail to the diagnostic unit in Huntsville.

When they arrived at the diagnostic unit, one of the prisoners reached between the front seats and grabbed Deputy Shipp's service revolver. The prisoner then shot Deputy Shipp in the head and shot the trooper in the eye. The trooper returned fire as he exited his patrol car. After reloading his service weapon he held all three prisoners at gunpoint until backup officers arrived.

The prisoner who murdered Deputy Shipp was charged with assault with intent to murder and attempted escape, and sentenced to 25 years and 15 years, respectively.

Deputy Shipp was a U.S. Army veteran of WWII and had served with the Hunt County Sheriff's Office for six years. He was survived by his wife, two children, and two grandchildren.


  • Age 61
  • Tour 6 years
  • Badge 23
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to 25 years

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Rest in Peace Deputy Sheriff Rayburn L. Shipp. Thank You for your Service and Sacrifice Protecting the citizens of Hunt County, Texas.

I Pray for Peace for your Family, Friends and Co-Workers. I also Pray that the hounds of hell forever gnaw on the soul of your murderer.


Senior Special Agent B.L. Sherwood (Ret)
Port Terminal Railroad Police Houston, TX

July 17, 2016

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