Reserve Deputy Sheriff Joe Mason Westbrook

Reserve Deputy Sheriff Joe Mason Westbrook

Harris County Sheriff's Office, Texas

End of Watch Sunday, July 1, 1979

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Joe Mason Westbrook

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.


  • Age 43
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender One shot and killed; One executed

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Mrs. Hill, I concur with you . Your father, Deputy Sheriff Westbrook was and forever will be an honored hero. My dad worked for almost forty years with New York City and the 102nd precinct where Detective Simonsen was killed accidently the other day.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

February 14, 2019

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