Patrol Officer David Wilburn Roberts

Patrol Officer David Wilburn Roberts

Paris Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Saturday, September 21, 1985

David Wilburn Roberts

Patrol Officer David Roberts was shot and killed after stopping a vehicle wanted in an armed robbery. While he was using his radio one of the suspects jumped from the vehicle and opened fire through his windshield, striking Officer Roberts in the neck. As Officer Roberts attempted to exit his cruiser through the passenger door the suspect ran to the car and shot him three more times in the back.

The suspect was later apprehended after a manhunt. He was convicted of capital murder and subsequently executed in 1997.

Officer Roberts was survived by his wife and son. He had served with the Paris Police Department for two years.


  • Age 23
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Executed in 1997

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I was the 'yankee' from St.Paul,Mn that came down to Paris to play baseball for Coach Click & PJC so many years ago.

My room mate was from Hobbs New Mexico and we were about the only ones who couldn't go home for weekends or short holidays. Dave and his family were great friends to us. We ate many meals with him and his family and he was a true friend. And boy Dave could really hit a baseball. When he connected, he could crush a baseball.

What a great friend and teammate he was. He's a hero and will never be forgotten.

Jim Goldman- Carthage Tx

Jim Goldman
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September 2, 2016

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