Deputy Sheriff William Rutherford Hunter

Deputy Sheriff William Rutherford Hunter

Van Zandt County Sheriff's Office, Texas

End of Watch Wednesday, December 28, 1892

William Rutherford Hunter

Deputy Hunter was shot and killed by the brother of a man he had arrested earlier in the day. On his way home Deputy Hunter passed the shop of the brother, and the man came out and began to argue. Deputy Hunter shot the man as he reached for his waistband, believing the man was reaching for a gun. The man then ran back into his store, retrieved a pistol, and shot Deputy Hunter in the abdomen. The man pleaded self defense and was acquitted of all charges.

Deputy Hunter was survived by his wife and five children.


  • Age 35
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Monday, December 26, 1892
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Acquitted

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Deputy Sheriff Hunter,
On today, the 125th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Van Zandt County. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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December 28, 2017

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