Sheriff Franklin Lee Sproul

Sheriff Franklin Lee Sproul

Jeff Davis County Sheriff's Department, Texas

End of Watch Friday, February 24, 1933

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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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Sheriff Sproul,
On today, the 86th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Jeff Davis County.

BPA Mike Casey
United States Border Patrol
El Paso Station

February 24, 2019

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