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Deputy Sheriff Burwell J. McLennan County Sheriff's Department, Texas

Deputy Sheriff

Burwell J. "Burt" Blankenship

McLennan County Sheriff's Department, Texas

End of Watch: Thursday, July 24, 1873

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Age: Not available

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Shot and killed

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Deputy Blankenship was shot and killed while riding in a posse that was searching for several inmates who had just escaped from the county jail. The inmates setup an ambush about three miles from Waco. As the posse approached the suspects opened fire on them. The posse returned fire and in the ensuing shootout Deputy Blankenship was mortally wounded. The suspects were all apprehended. The man who prisoner identified as the person who shot Deputy Blankenship was shot and killed as he tried to escape from the posse a second time.

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Rest in Peace Deputy Sheriff Burwell "Bert" Blankenship. Thank You for your Service and Sacrifice.

I Pray for Peace for your Family, Friends and Co-Workers. I also Pray that the hounds of hell forever gnaw on the soul of your murderers.


Senior Special Agent B.L. Sherwood (Ret)
Port Terminal Railroad Police Houston, TX
July 24, 2016


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