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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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John- On this Police Week 2014/ I'm watching the National Candlelight Vigil at this very moment: You will never be forgotten...as one of my classmates in jail school in 1990/1991, you were a positive influence from the start...

To John's Family- remember that those of us who still do or have worn the badge will ALWAYS be on your side and in our thoughts!

Rob Barnes-Law Enforcement Coordinator
DOJ/U.S. Attorney's Ofc/ Former HCSO, HCCO 4, Federal Air Marshal
May 13, 2014


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