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 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.

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

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Rest in Peace Sheriff Paul Roy Vinson. Thank You for your brave Service and Sacrifice protecting the citizens of King County, Texas.

I Pray for Peace for your Family, Friends, and the men and women who now serve King County. I also Pray that while your murderer did not escape punishment here on this earthly realm that the hounds of hell will soon be gnawing on his sorry bones. May nothing but thorn bushes and weeds grow on his grave. May his sorry soul be consumed by the lake of fire.


Senior Special Agent B.L. Sherwood
Port Terminal Railroad Police Houston, TX

May 19, 2016

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