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

Deputy Sheriff

Joe Trapolino

Harris County Sheriff's Department, Texas

End of Watch: Saturday, May 23, 1936

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 41

Tour: 18 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 5/23/1936

Weapon: Shotgun

Suspect: 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.

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Heroes live forever, Deputy Trapolino, and we will never forget. Thank you for the sacrifice you made for the citizens of Harris County and the great State of Texas.

Greater Houston C.O.P.S.
May 23, 2013

 

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