Patrolman John William Sartain

Patrolman John William Sartain

Corpus Christi Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Friday, August 20, 1971

John William Sartain

Patrolman Sartain was shot and killed by a sniper while using an employee entrance at the police station during a shift change. The suspect, who lived in an apartment complex 200-yards behind the police station, was apprehended and convicted of Patrolman Sartain's murder.

Patrolman Sartain was survived by his wife, son, brother, and mother.


  • Age 22
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge 133

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle
  • Offender Convicted

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As we prepare for our 50th Reunion for the Class of 1967 of L.D. Bell High School in Hurst, Texas (to be held this June 24, 2017), we remember and honor you, Johnny Sartain. It hurt then when we heard about your death, and it still hurts today. You are one of us, we will always remember you, and hold you in our hearts and minds. We honor you and thank you for your law enforcement service and for your sacrifice for us and for all the citizens of Texas.

Bob Bardo
Classmates and 50th Reunion Committee, Class of 1967, L.D. Bell H.S.

September 13, 2016

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