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Deputy Sheriff Royce Melvin Anderson | Harris County Sheriff's Office, Texas Harris County Sheriff's Office, Texas

Deputy Sheriff

Royce Melvin Anderson

Harris County Sheriff's Office, Texas

End of Watch: Monday, October 26, 1981

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 29

Tour: 2 years

Badge # 479

Cause: Gunfire (Accidental)

Incident Date: 10/25/1981

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Deputy Royce Anderson succumbed to an accidental gunshot wound received the previous night while making a felony arrest at 2145 hours. He and his partner had responded to a truck stop on I-45 for a weapons violation. After interviewing a stabbing victim they obtained a description of the suspect and his truck. The deputies located the vehicle and stopped it near the FM 149 overpass 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 arteries.

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.

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Every time I drive down I-45 at Mt. Houston I think of you Royce.
To your sons I want to tell them your DAD was a great guy and friend to my family. My Brother David Maxwell and Royce met and became friends long before he joined the force. He was at our house often.. I remember one night Royce, my brother and I went to an all night Clint Eastwood festival at the drive in movie. All the old spaghetti westerns Eastwood stared in. I think of your Dad often and wondered how you boys were doing growing up.

Take care and know your Dad has not been forgotten!
Judy Maxwell

Judy Maxwell
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August 12, 2015


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