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Police Officer Robert Layden Hornsby | Killeen Police Department, Texas Killeen Police Department, Texas

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Robert Layden Hornsby

Killeen Police Department, Texas

End of Watch: Sunday, July 14, 2013

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 32

Tour: 4 years

Badge # 234

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Rifle; AK-47

Offender: Shot and killed

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Police Officer Bobby Hornsby was shot and killed while participating in a SWAT deployment at an apartment complex in the 1600 block of Grandon Drive shortly after midnight.

Earlier in the evening a resident in the complex displayed a weapon as he confronted several people who were using the pool. When initial units arrived the subject brandished an AK-47 rifle and barricaded himself in his apartment. The agency's Tactical Response Unit was deployed and arrived at the scene approximately one hour after the initial call.

As members of the tactical unit attempted to make contact with the man, the subject fired one shot and then opened the apartment door with his hands up. When the subject refused to exit the apartment the tactical team moved in to subdue him. The man backed further into the apartment, grabbed the rifle, and opened fire. Officer Hornsby and another officer were wounded before the subject was killed by return fire.

Both officers were transported to Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center, where Officer Hornsby succumbed to his wounds shortly before 2:00 am.

Officer Hornsby had served with the Killeen Police Department for four years. He is survived by his wife, daughter, son, mother, and three brothers.

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R.I.P. Officer Robert Layden Hornsby, Killeen PD, Texas
End of Watch: Sunday, July 14, 2013

You died facing the worst of the worst to protect your community, your sacrifice is a loss to society. You now patrol with our brothers and sister's that gave their lives in the line of duty. Bless you lovely and innocent daughter and your entire family. THANK YO FOR YOUR SERVICE SIR.

Chief of Police, Retired
July 14, 2015


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