Sheriff Franklin Lee Sproul

Sheriff Franklin Lee Sproul

Jeff Davis County Sheriff's Department, Texas

End of Watch Friday, February 24, 1933

Franklin Lee Sproul

Sheriff Sproul was shot and killed while he and two other officer attempted to arrest three youths who had just looted the ranch of a fellow Sheriff. When the three officers surrounded the youth the 19-year-old suspect shot Sheriff Sproul with a rifle he had stolen. When arrested the suspect stated he thought he was shooting a cow.

The suspect was convicted of murder and sentenced to seven years. He was released on October 13, 1936.

Sheriff Sproul had been with the agency for 18 years and was survived by his wife and young son.


  • Age 48
  • Tour 18 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle
  • Offender Released in 1936

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I was a Deputy from 2006 to 2008 with Jeff Davis County Sheriffs Office, in Texas. Prior to this I was a Police Officer with the 4th largest Department in the US, Houston PD. I have a great appreciation for those who work in rural areas. As I have found during my time, that these small agencies, have just as much responsibility as the larger ones. But they do their jobs for way less money, little to no resources, old and outdated equipment and poor working conditions. Yet they put their lives on the line to protect the citizens of the community. I have met some of the Sproul family during my time in Jeff Davis County. They are good people. I am Honored to know that I have worked for a rural agency with brave men before me, like Sheriff Franklin Lee Sproul. God Bless!

Former Deputy Alex Biserchich
Jeff Davis County

September 22, 2016

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