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Officer Billy Paul Speed | Austin Police Department, Texas Austin Police Department, Texas


Billy Paul Speed

Austin Police Department, Texas

End of Watch: Monday, August 1, 1966

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 23

Tour: Not available

Badge # 37

Military veteran

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Rifle

Offender: Shot and killed

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Officer Billy Speed was shot and killed by a sniper on the clock tower at the University of Texas.

He was eating lunch in a nearby cafe when he heard the rifle fire. When he went to investigate he was shot by the sniper. The sniper killed a total of 14 people and injured 31 others before several officers and civilians made it to the top of the tower and fatally shot him.

Officer Speed was a U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War. He was survived by his wife and child.

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Rest in Peace Officer Billy Paul Speed. Thank You for your Service and Sacrifice protecting the citizens of Austin, Texas.

I Pray for Peace for your Family, Friends, Co-Workers and those brave souls who have chosen to follow in your foot steps protecting the public. I also Pray that the thug who murdered you is rotting in hell.


Senior Special Agent B.L. Sherwood (Ret)
Port Terminal Railroad Police Houston, TX
August 3, 2016


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