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

Police Officer

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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So we were tasked to do classes and I chose police vehicle operation. I have been reading each story about the 358 line of duty deaths in regard to auto accidents for the past 3 hours or so. While on the officer down page I thought to look you up bro. I used to work with Bobby "Silverfox" Hornsby on a nightly basis and gotta say I know I think of you often and your sacrifice. I see your wife and your kids from time to time and am sadened greatly by your early departure from our earth and what a great guy wqas taken from them. I know your looking down on us smiling. Your wife is a rock and has done so much in the community for different causes. Anyway, sorry to ramble. Miss ya bro.

Patrolman J. Kruttlin
Killeen Police Dept
April 9, 2015


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