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Deputy Sheriff John Charles Risley | Harris County Sheriff's Office, Texas Harris County Sheriff's Office, Texas

Deputy Sheriff

John Charles Risley

Harris County Sheriff's Office, Texas

End of Watch: Monday, October 23, 2000

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 37

Tour: 10 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Shotgun

Offender: Shot and killed by other deputy

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Deputy Risley was shot and killed after responding to a disturbance call in a rural section of the county near Tomball.

A person at the residence reported that a male had appeared at their home with a shotgun, claiming the Mafia was following him. Deputy Risley arrived on the scene and had requested backup before he was shot and killed by the suspect.

Deputy Risley's backup arrived and asked the suspect where Deputy Risley was. The suspect pointed in the direction where Deputy Risley's body laid, then pointed his shotgun at the second deputy. The deputy shot and killed the suspect.
Deputy Risley had been employed with the Harris County Sheriff's Department for 10 years, and is survived by his wife and two children.

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Today was a hard day when we had to lay another officer to rest, I could not help but remember you and your family at this time and let you know we talk about you all the time. Just like that time you came by the house cause something was flying in the sky that looked like nets being dropped from planes thinking something terrositic was going on and the dispatcher reported that it was some special spiders being released in the area to control some bug that was getting over populated the strangest thing we had ever saw and all the cob webs hanging from the power lines what a day. We talk to Becky on and off she has been a little ill but she is tough but you already new that when she use to make you mow the lawn, with a beer in your hand lol.. The girls with their husbands and children are amazing and are building there lives with there children now and doing a great job. You should be very proud and I know you are and you miss them like they miss you and we all miss you to. Just wanted to give you a shout out and let you know you will never be forgotten.

Trish & Tye Smith
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September 5, 2015


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