Officer Bobby Tyson Paulk

Officer Bobby Tyson Paulk

Baytown Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Friday, September 9, 1977

Bobby Tyson Paulk

Officer Bobby Paulk was killed when his police vehicle was struck head on by another vehicle being operated by an intoxicated driver.

The driver, who was under the influence of drugs and alcohol, crossed three lanes of travel on Bayway Drive and collided into Officer Paulk's vehicle.

The driver was convicted of involuntary manslaughter and sentenced to seven years in prison. He served less than half of his sentence and was paroled in 1980.

Officer Paulk had been a member of the Baytown Police Department for 10 months. He is survived by his wife, daughter, and son.


  • Age 31
  • Tour 10 months
  • Badge 41

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicular assault
  • Weapon Automobile; Alcohol involved
  • Offender Paroled in 1980

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Baytown PD Patrolman Bobby Tyson Paulk
End of Watch
September 9, 1977


The Officer stood and faced his God,
which must always come to pass.
He hoped his shoes were shinning.
Just as bright as his brass.

“Step forward now, Officer.”
“How shall I deal with you?”
“Have you always turned the other cheek?”
“To my Church have you been true?”

The Officer squared his shoulders and said,
“No, Lord, I guess I ain’t,
because those of us that carry badges
can’t always be a saint.”

“I’ve had to work most Sundays,
and at times my talk was rough,
and sometimes I’ve been violent,
because the streets are awfully though.”

“But I never took a penny,
that wasn’t mine to keep.”
“Though I worked a lot of overtime
when the bills got just to steep.”

“And I never passed a cry for help,
though at times I shook with fear.”
“And sometimes, God forgive me,
I’ve wept unmanly tears.”

“I know I don’t deserve a place
among the people here.”
“I never expected or had to much,
but if you don’t, I’ll understand.”

“There was silence all around the Throne
where the saints had often trod.
As the Officer waited quietly,
for the judgment of his God.

“Step forward now, Officer,
you’ve borne your burdens well.”
“Come walk a beat on Heaven’s streets,
because you’ve served your time in Hell.”

Gene Sutton
Retired Baytown PD 30 years.

May 16, 2016

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