Deputy Sheriff John Charles Risley

Deputy Sheriff John Charles Risley

Harris County Sheriff's Office, Texas

End of Watch Monday, October 23, 2000

John Charles Risley

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.


  • Age 37
  • Tour 10 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender Shot and killed by other deputy

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I remember that day like it was yesterday. A group of us ate lunch together that day. You and I met up just a couple hours before that fateful call dropped at a Texaco gas station on FM1960. That was one of our frequented places to grab a cup and vent with one another. We certainly had a great group of coworkers who worked well together. I still remember your call drop on the radio and I was so mad I was at the station and so far away. The response time seemed like it took forever, even though it was only a matter of minutes. I miss our chats and your friendship, JC. You were a good man, a tough cop and a great husband and father!

Retired deputy, Tom Miller

October 23, 2018

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