Sheriff Ben P. Murray

Sheriff Ben P. Murray

Dimmit County Sheriff's Office, Texas

End of Watch Sunday, January 6, 1991

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Ben P. Murray

Sheriff Ben Murray was stabbed to death by two suspects who went to his home to seek revenge as a result of a previous arrest the sheriff made on one of them. The suspects stabbed him in the chest several times with a butcher's knife and shot him once in the head.

One of the suspects was convicted of murder and sentenced to death.

Sheriff Murray had served as Sheriff for almost 20 years and was survived by his wife and three children.


  • Age 68
  • Tour 20 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Stabbed
  • Weapon Edged weapon; Knife
  • Offender Sentenced to death

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I helped the Rangers with the crime scene. What stayed in my mind Doc put up a tough fight even after being stabbed. He tried to get to his pistol. And one of the suspects shot him in the head. To see the Sheriff just angered everyone we were all deterimed to find the suspects. I remember they brought a hound dog and the dog led us to one of the suspects house. The DPS crime scene team was awesome in collecting all evidence. I time to time remember Doc. May he rest in peace. I have since retired but continue to teach criminal justice at the high school.

Sgt. Victor Juarez
Maverick County Sheriffs Office

March 3, 2022

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