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Sheriff Ronnie Ray Dodds | Lavaca County Sheriff's Office, Texas Lavaca County Sheriff's Office, Texas

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Ronnie Ray Dodds

Lavaca County Sheriff's Office, Texas

End of Watch: Sunday, September 28, 1969

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 49

Tour: 5 years

Badge # 900

Military veteran

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Officer's handgun

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Sheriff Ronnie Dodds and Chief Deputy Albert Jakubek were shot and killed while transporting two juvenile prisoners from Shiner to Halletsville.

During the transport, one of the prisoners was able to gain control of Sheriff Dodd's service revolver and shot both officers. Sheriff Dodds was killed instantly and Chief Deputy Jakubek succumbed to his wounds two weeks later.

The triggerman was sentenced to death but had his sentence commuted to life in prison.

Sheriff Dodds had originally been elected by two votes in 1964 and was serving his second term as sheriff. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of WWII.

In October 2017 a section of U.S. 90 Alternative was renamed the "Sheriff Ronnie Dodds Memorial Highway."

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A hero never dies... thank you for your service sir. We'll have the watch now.

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