Deputy Sheriff William Rutherford Hunter

Deputy Sheriff William Rutherford Hunter

Van Zandt County Sheriff's Office, Texas

End of Watch Wednesday, December 28, 1892

William Rutherford Hunter

Deputy Hunter was shot and killed by the brother of a man he had arrested earlier in the day. On his way home Deputy Hunter passed the shop of the brother, and the man came out and began to argue. Deputy Hunter shot the man as he reached for his waistband, believing the man was reaching for a gun. The man then ran back into his store, retrieved a pistol, and shot Deputy Hunter in the abdomen. The man pleaded self defense and was acquitted of all charges.

Deputy Hunter was survived by his wife and five children.


  • Age 35
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Monday, December 26, 1892
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Acquitted

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I am a Great granddaughter of William Rutherford Hunter. I recall in our family history that one of the past generations also had a grandfather of William Rutherford Hunter who I believe first settle in Texas when it was really the wild west! My father spoke of his father growing up in Texas with his brothers and sisters. My father Franklin was named after one of the family members as well. My Uncle William is also named after his Grandfather William.

Constance Sue Cummins (Hunter)

Grand Haven, Michigan January 2015

Constance Sue Cummins (Hunter)

January 11, 2015

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