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Trooper Russell Lynn Boyd | Texas Department of Public Safety - Texas Highway Patrol, Texas Texas Department of Public Safety - Texas Highway Patrol, Texas

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Russell Lynn Boyd

Texas Department of Public Safety - Texas Highway Patrol, Texas

End of Watch: Tuesday, October 11, 1983

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 25

Tour: 1 year

Badge # 5532

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Executed in 1987

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Trooper Russell Boyd was shot and killed after stopping a man on Texas 6, near Hempstead, who had gone on a shooting spree earlier in the day. The suspect had shot and killed six other people.

The man was apprehended and executed for the crime in 1987.

Trooper Boyd had served with the agency for only one year and is survived by his wife.

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Hi, Uncle Russell. I know we aren't related by blood, but your brother David is my Uncle. I'm so sorry that I never got a chance to meet you. You were (actually, you still are) held in high regard and esteem as a son, as a brother, as a husband, as a law enforcement officer, and as a man. Your story is part of what inspired me to add on a minor in Criminal Justice in my current capacity as a college student. And now, one of my classes calls for a case study, and I cannot think of a more deserving one than yours. I hope to show that you didn't die in vain, and that your sacrifice led to advancements in law enforcement protocol to further protect the men and women who serve. I make this promise to you now that I will honor your legacy and your sacrifice to the best of my abilities.
Love, Jessica

Jessica Harper
niece (once removed) of Trooper Boyd
January 24, 2017

 

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