Deputy Constable Patrick Stephen Runyon

Deputy Constable Patrick Stephen Runyon

Nueces County Constable's Office - Precinct 6, Texas

End of Watch Saturday, February 7, 1981

Patrick Stephen Runyon

Deputy Constable Patrick Runyon was shot and killed while responding to a misdemeanor criminal mischief call.

As Deputy Runyon approached the house, one of the two brothers inside shot him in the heart with a small caliber pistol loaded with rat-shot, killing him instantly. The two were arrested but later acquitted at trial.

Deputy Runyon was survived by his wife, child, parents, and eight siblings.


  • Age 32
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Acquitted


Most Recent Reflection

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I visited my brother Pat's grave this holiday weekend, as i have visited him hundreds of times over the course of time since his life was taken.

I have heard it said that a person dies twice, once when they take their last breath, and again when their name is no longer spoken.

Pat Runyon died in the line of duty more than 37 years ago, but his name is still spoken. He lives on in my heart and mind. I remain proud of my big brother for all that he did and all that he was. My love and admiration for him has not dimmed.

Joe Runyon

September 3, 2018

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