Patrolman Gary Joe Bryant

Patrolman Gary Joe Bryant

Giddings Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Sunday, October 27, 1996

Gary Joe Bryant

Patrolman Bryant was shot and killed while investigating a hit and run accident. Patrolman Bryant had located the suspect and was shot when he was attempting to arrest him.

His body was found under a pile of leaves in the front yard of a house with six gunshot wounds. He had been shot once in the head with his own .45 caliber handgun which was stolen by the suspect. The other five shots were from the suspect's .22 caliber weapon. His patrol car was located on the street approximately a mile away.

The suspect was found to be in the United States illegally from Mexico and was later found incompetent to stand trial. He was deported to an institution in Mexico.

Patrolman Bryant had served with the agency for 5 years. He was survived by his wife, daughter, two sons, granddaughter, mother, and two brothers.


  • Age 49
  • Tour 5 years
  • Badge 7684

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .22 caliber
  • Offender Arrested on October 31, 1996

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Joe responded to my call for assistance with a 1 veh crash, driver left the scene off a cr in Lee county, Tx. Joe was killed after locating the driver. He saved my life. This was not the first time he had responded whether he was on or off duty when I was out on a traffic stop. It was his character to look after his brother officer. He was a United States Marine veteran. John 15:13.

Retired Senior Trooper Robert W. Thorp
Texas Department of Public Safety- Texas Highway Patrol

March 19, 2018

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