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

Deputy Sheriff

John Charles Risley

Harris County Sheriff's Department, Texas

End of Watch: Monday, October 23, 2000

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 37

Tour: 10 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 10/23/2000

Weapon: Shotgun

Suspect: 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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May this reflection find your family well. I ran into someone the other day and had a conversation about you. It made me remember Becky, and your children. Although I haven't seen them in many years, I pray they have become all you would have wanted. Thank you for your service. My thoughts and prayers are with your family.

Lieutenant Shawn Sayers
Fort Bend County Pct. #3 Constable
March 13, 2014


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