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Patrolman Sammy Charles Long | Texas Department of Public Safety - Texas Highway Patrol, Texas Texas Department of Public Safety - Texas Highway Patrol, Texas

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Sammy Charles Long

Texas Department of Public Safety - Texas Highway Patrol, Texas

End of Watch: Sunday, November 21, 1976

Bio & Incident Details

Age: Not available

Tour: 18 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Officer's handgun

Offender: Shot and killed by citizen

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Patrolman Sammy Long was shot and killed after making a traffic stop on a driver for a traffic violation on US 67 near Rankin, Texas.

The suspect, who was AWOL from the US Navy, opened fire with a .32 caliber handgun as Patrolman Long approached the vehicle, knocking him to the ground. The suspect then took Patrolman Long's service weapon and shot him in the back six times as he lay on the ground.

A citizen, who was an avid deer hunter returning from a hunting trip, was stopped in a rest stop 150 yards from the traffic stop and witnessed the shooting. The man immediately retrieved his hunting rifle and shot the suspect at a range of 150 yards, killing him.

Patrolman Long had served with the Texas Highway Patrol for 18 years and was stationed at McCamey. He was survived by his wife and son.

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I was in 7th grade in McCamey when Mr. Long was killed. It was so hard for me to understand at the time and still is to this day. I am so grateful to him and all others who serve to protect us.

Lori Steward Warren
June 9, 2016

 

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