Deputy Sheriff Ollie F. "Sammie" Childress, Jr.

Deputy Sheriff Ollie F. "Sammie" Childress, Jr.

Wilson County Sheriff's Office, Texas

End of Watch Friday, November 4, 1983

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Ollie F. "Sammie" Childress, Jr.

Deputy Sheriff Sammie Childress was shot and killed execution-style after being abducted by two suspects on Texas Highway 97. The suspects abducted Deputy Childress for the purpose of using his uniform and patrol car to commit a bank robbery.

The suspects saw Deputy Childress driving by and began to flash their lights at him. When he stopped, the two suspects displayed their guns, made Deputy Childress disrobe, handcuffed him, and placed him in the trunk of his patrol car. One of the men then put on part of his uniform, drove to a bank on U.S. 87, and robbed it at 11:50 a.m. After the robbery, the suspects returned to their vehicle, at which time the suspect opened the trunk and shot Deputy Childress in the neck.

The suspects drove away but returned moments later to wipe the patrol car clean of fingerprints. The suspect opened the trunk again and, finding that Deputy Childress was still alive, shot him in the neck a second time, killing him instantly.

The suspects were both eventually apprehended. The shooter was sentenced to death, and the other suspect, the shooter's nephew, was sentenced to 25 years. On May 3, 2017, the shooter's death sentence was commuted to life. The shooter died in prison in 2023.

Deputy Childress had served with the Wilson County Sheriff's Office for three years. He was survived by his wife, two sons, a daughter, six grandchildren, his father, and four siblings. One of his sons also served with the Wilson County Sheriff's Office.


  • Age 54
  • Tour 3 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Sentence commuted to life

abducted, juvenile offender, robbery

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Deputy Sheriff Childress,
On today, the 40th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Wilson County. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

November 4, 2023

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