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Reserve Deputy Sheriff Joe Mason Westbrook | Harris County Sheriff's Office, Texas Harris County Sheriff's Office, Texas

Reserve Deputy Sheriff

Joe Mason Westbrook

Harris County Sheriff's Office, Texas

End of Watch: Sunday, July 1, 1979

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 43

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: One shot and killed; One executed

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Reserve Deputy Westbrook was shot execution style while moonlighting as a security guard at a local restaurant. Two men entered the restaurant and one of the men began talking to the deputy. The second man walked behind Deputy Westbrook, produced a handgun, and shot him in the back of the head without warning. The suspect then shot him three more times after he fell to the ground. The man also shot the cook as he ran towards the manager's office.

The manager, hearing the gun shots, grabbed his own gun and shot the suspect as he came into the office, killing him. The second suspect fled the scene but was later arrested and executed for Reserve Deputy Westbrook's murder.

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Uncle Joe,

It is hard to believe 37 years have passed since your watch ended. I still remember your desire to serve and protect and your love of family. Thank you for your service and ultimate sacrifice. May many continue to respect the work you did.

God Bless

Civilian, Loren V. Stagner
July 1, 2016


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