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Deputy Sheriff Henry C. Banks | Hays County Sheriff's Department, Texas Hays County Sheriff's Department, Texas

Deputy Sheriff

Henry C. Banks

Hays County Sheriff's Department, Texas

End of Watch: Sunday, November 16, 1873

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 21

Tour: 1 week

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Officer's handgun

Offender: Death penalty overturned

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Deputy Sheriff Henry Banks was shot and killed while returning to Hays County after transporting several prisoners to Austin.

He encountered a disorderly man who was harassing a man and his wife. As Deputy Banks attempted to arrest him the man attacked him. The subject was able to disarm Deputy Banks and then fatally shot him with his own service revolver.

The subject was apprehended, convicted of first degree murder, and sentenced to death. The death sentence was subsequently overturned on appeal.

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Deputy Sheriff Banks,
On today, the 137th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Hays County.


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November 16, 2011


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