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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

Incident Date: 12/4/2000

Weapon: Handgun

Suspect: 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 16, 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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Berry, I know you were a very special man, because I have come to know your mom and dad. They are very special people to me. Your mom does so much to help all the rest of us parents of fallen officers. I don't know where she & your dad find the strength to do everything they do for all of us but it is all appreciated. Thank you for being the fine officer I know you were. Say hi to my son Hal for me. I hope he got to welcome you into heaven.

Sharon Dickerson
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October 16, 2014

 

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