Sheriff Paul Roy Vinson

Sheriff Paul Roy Vinson

King County Sheriff's Department, Texas

End of Watch Friday, May 19, 1972

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Paul Roy Vinson

Sheriff Paul Vinson and Patrolman Gayle Holmes, of the Texas Department of Public Safety, were shot and killed while answering a disturbance call outside a rural store between Paducah and Guthrie.

While they were placing one man in the patrol car, another man stepped onto the porch of the store behind them and began firing. A third highway patrolman returned fire, but suffered no injury.

The suspect, 20, was taken into custody at a ranch about a mile away. He was later convicted of Sheriff Vinson's murder and sentenced to life imprisonment. He was denied parole on March 16, 2018. His next parole hearing is in January of 2023.

Sheriff Vinson was serving his second term. He was survived by his wife, two sons, and two daughters.


  • Age 48
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle; .30-.30
  • Offender Sentenced to life imprisonment

arrest, disturbance

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Sheriff Vinson,
On today, the 50th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of King County. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

May 19, 2022

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