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Deputy Sheriff Joe Trapolino | Harris County Sheriff's Office, Texas Harris County Sheriff's Office, Texas

Deputy Sheriff

Joe Trapolino

Harris County Sheriff's Office, Texas

End of Watch: Saturday, May 23, 1936

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 41

Tour: 18 years

Badge # Not available

Military veteran

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Shotgun

Offender: Arrested

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Deputy Trapolino was shot and killed while he and another deputy attempted to serve a lunacy warrant. When the deputies arrived at the home they encountered the subject with a shotgun. Deputy Trapolino attempted to persuade the man to put the gun down by telling him they were only going to take him to a doctor. The suspect continued to threaten them as the deputies walked down the driveway. As the deputies drew their weapons and took cover the man shot Deputy Trapolino in the back. The suspect was arrested a short time later.

Deputy Trapolino had been with the agency for 18 years. He was a World War I veteran.

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The legacy of the wonderful life you lived is still remembered and cherished by your family. Your service during WW I with the 111th Field Signal Battalion in the U.S. Army's 36th Infantry Division in combat in France, your 18 years with the Harris County Sheriff's Dept. and the wonderful family you raised is shared with every generation since you were called home by the Lord at the age of 41. Your loving grandson, Michael Joseph Guarino.

June 6, 2016


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