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Deputy Sheriff Barrett Travis Hill | Harris County Sheriff's Office, Texas Harris County Sheriff's Office, Texas

Deputy Sheriff

Barrett Travis Hill

Harris County Sheriff's Office, Texas

End of Watch: Monday, December 4, 2000

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 38

Tour: 3 years, 6 months

Badge # 1993

Military veteran

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Sentenced to death

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Deputy Sheriff Barrett Hill was shot and killed while chasing car theft suspects in a wooded area.

Deputy Hill and his training officer had responded to a call of two people breaking into cars. Upon their arrival, the suspects fled into the wooded area and the officers pursued them on foot. Deputy Hill radioed that he had captured one of the suspects.

Soon after, his partner heard gun shots and was unable to reach Deputy Hill by radio. He was located moments later by his partner. Despite wearing a vest, Deputy Hill had sustained gunshot wounds to the face, chest, and hand. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The suspect carjacked a woman in a nearby apartment complex and made his escape. He was arrested later in the morning approximately 75 miles away after being spotted by a deputy in another jurisdiction. On January 16th, 2002, the suspect was found guilty of murder and sentenced to death.

Deputy Hill was a U.S. Army Veteran of the Gulf War. He had served as a jailer for the Harris County Sheriff's Department for three and a half years, and was just finishing his field training before becoming a patrol deputy. He is survived by his wife, two daughters, parents, and siblings.

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Just thinking about you, son, and missing you so much, you are in my thoughts every day. I can still laugh about some of the songs you would make up, like the time in Utah, on I15 going south. The hiway sign said "Beaver" / "Las Vegas". You immediately started singing the Elvis song from the movie "Viva, Las Vegas", using "Beaver, Las Vegas" instead . I have driven past this sign many times since, and I still laugh with a tear in my eyes. See you in Heaven!

Edward Hill
November 5, 2015


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