Deputy Sheriff Theron Eldridge "Eddie" Shofner

Deputy Sheriff Theron Eldridge "Eddie" Shofner

Harris County Sheriff's Office, Texas

End of Watch Wednesday, July 14, 1948

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Theron Eldridge "Eddie" Shofner

Deputy Shofner was shot and killed when he attempted to take action when he was robbed while off duty. He was picking up his wife at the railroad office at 1:45 a.m. when an escaped convict attempted to steal his car at gunpoint.

Deputy Shofner pulled his duty weapon and exchanged shots with the suspect. Deputy Shofner was fatally wounded. The suspect was later apprehended after a manhunt. He was later convicted of murder and executed via the electric chair in 1950.

Deputy Shofner had been with the agency for five years and was survived by his wife, son, parents and three brothers.


  • Age 31
  • Tour 5 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Executed

robbery attempt

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Thank you for your service and please know that your sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten. Rest in peace always.

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Delaware State Police (Retired)

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