Deputy Sheriff Paul Steven Habelt

Deputy Sheriff Paul Steven Habelt

Henderson County Sheriff's Department, Texas

End of Watch Thursday, May 17, 2007

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Paul Steven Habelt

Deputy Paul Habelt and Deputy Sheriff Tony Ogburn were shot and killed after responding to a domestic violence call.

Deputies Habelt, Ogburn, and Kevin Harris responded to a domestic disturbance call in Payne Springs. When they arrived, the suspect opened fire on them with a high powered rifle. Deputies Habelt and Ogburn were killed, and Harris was wounded.

The suspect was shot and wounded by responding officers. The suspect was convicted of capital murder and sentenced to death.

Deputy Hablet had served in law enforcement for 43 years. He had previously served with the Oakland Police Department and South Lake Tahoe Police Department, before moving to Texas, where he served with the Henderson County Sheriff's Department for 13 years.

He was survived by his wife, six children, other relatives and a host of friends and co-workers. He was buried in the Goshen Cemetery in Henderson County.


  • Age 63
  • Tour 43 years
  • Badge 515

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle
  • Offender Sentenced to death

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It has been 12 years and you are still deeply missed. You gave something to me that I always wanted... a dad. You were always there for me and not a day goes by that I do not thank you for what you did. I will spend the rest of my life celebrating who you were and the hero you will continue to be in my heart. I miss you!!!!!

Lori A. Stanbery

May 18, 2019

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