Deputy Sheriff Elbert Watkins

Deputy Sheriff Elbert Watkins

Falls County Sheriff's Department, Texas

End of Watch Tuesday, August 21, 1973

Elbert Watkins

Deputy Watkins and Deputy Harold Humphus were shot and killed while attempting to arrest a man on a mental warrant. During the arrest the suspect was able to gain control of Deputy Humphus' revolver and shot both deputies. The suspect was arrested a short distance away carrying the deputies' shotgun.

Deputy Watkins had been a part-time deputy for the agency for 20 years and had only been a full-time deputy for 1 year. He was survived by his wife and six children.


  • Age 66
  • Tour 21 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Charged with capital murder

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Rest In Peace Deputy Sheriff Elbert Watkins. Thank You for your Service and Sacrifice protecting the citizens of Falls County, Texas.

I Pray for Peace for your Family, Friends and Co-Workers and those brave souls who choose to follow in your footsteps. I also Pray that the scum who murdered you shall burn forever in the lake of fire.


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

August 20, 2016

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