Deputy Sheriff John Charles Risley

Deputy Sheriff John Charles Risley

Harris County Sheriff's Office, Texas

End of Watch Monday, October 23, 2000

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John Charles Risley

Deputy Risley was shot and killed after responding to a disturbance call in a rural section of the county near Tomball.

A person at the residence reported that a male had appeared at their home with a shotgun, claiming the Mafia was following him. Deputy Risley arrived on the scene and had requested backup before he was shot and killed by the suspect.

Deputy Risley's backup arrived and asked the suspect where Deputy Risley was. The suspect pointed in the direction where Deputy Risley's body laid, then pointed his shotgun at the second deputy. The deputy shot and killed the suspect.
Deputy Risley had been employed with the Harris County Sheriff's Department for 10 years, and is survived by his wife and two children.


  • Age 37
  • Tour 10 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender Shot and killed by other deputy

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J.C. we worked together at 701. I followed you out to patrol and took over your contract (blue bell) in district 1. I transferred to district 4 and worked nights out in 4C. I always looked forward to you flying by me in that big dually as I was sitting in the dark running traffic. I’d chase you down and we would talk for a few minutes at 290 and mason. You’re not forgotten my friend

Deputy Butch Grable

March 12, 2019

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