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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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Trooper Boyd, I never met you so I never knew you personally. However you were on my mind every time I got out of my patrol car to conduct a traffic stop. The day you died I was cadet in the Houston Texas Police Department. Little did I know the affect that day would have on my career. Being the west Texas hillbilly that I was, the details surrounding your death left me awestruck. I was used to being respectful to the police, and believed that everyone was too. The one thought that would remain in my mind for the 25 years I was an officer, was that you never stood a chance. You had no idea what was on the mind of your violator. This is a lesson I learned from your sacrifice. One that the police academy can't take credit for. I learned to be cautious and take nothing for granted. For what it's worth, Thank You from me and my children. Your sacrifice was not in vain.

Ret. Sr Police Officer Abel Rodriguez
Houston Police Department
October 13, 2015

 

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