Deputy Sheriff Royce Melvin Anderson

Deputy Sheriff Royce Melvin Anderson

Harris County Sheriff's Office, Texas

End of Watch Monday, October 26, 1981

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Royce Melvin Anderson

Deputy Sheriff Royce Anderson succumbed to an inadvertent gunshot wound sustained the previous night while making a felony arrest at 9:45 pm.

He and his partner had responded to a truck stop on the North Freeway for a stabbing. After interviewing the victim they obtained a description of the suspect and his truck. The deputies located the vehicle and conducted a felony stop near in the 9400 block of the North Freeway. As Deputy Anderson re-holstered his weapon it discharged, striking him in the upper leg and severing all of his major arteries.

He was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to the wound at 5:05 am the following morning.

Deputy Anderson had served with the Harris County Sheriff's Office for two years. He was survived by his wife and two children.


  • Age 29
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge 479

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire (Inadvertent)
  • Incident Date Sunday, October 25, 1981

accidental discharge, assault, traffic stop

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