Night Watchman Lewis Thomas Snyder

Night Watchman Lewis Thomas Snyder

Roscoe Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Thursday, August 4, 1966

Lewis Thomas Snyder

Night Watchman Lewis Snyder was shot and killed with his own weapon after surprising a juvenile burglary suspect at a local store. The suspect approached Watchman Snyder, who was still sitting in his patrol car, and pointed an empty gun at him. The boy then took the marshal's .45 caliber service revolver, ordered him from the car, and then shot him three times.

The suspect fled to Fort Worth where he was apprehended the following day; he was convicted and sentenced to 10 years probation.

Watchman Snyder had previously worked as a railroad engineer and was survived by his wife.


  • Age 65
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Convicted, 10 years probation

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Rest in Peace Officer Lewis Thomas Snyder. Thank You for your Service and Sacrifice protecting the citizens of Roscoe, Texas.

I Pray for Peace for your Family, Friends, Co-Workers and those brave souls who have chosen to follow in your foot steps protecting the public. I also Pray that the thug who murdered you is forever pursued by the hounds of hell until he is cast into the lake of fire.


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

August 4, 2016

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