Deputy Sheriff Burwell J. "Burt" Blankenship

Deputy Sheriff Burwell J. "Burt" Blankenship

McLennan County Sheriff's Office, Texas

End of Watch Thursday, July 24, 1873

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Burwell J. "Burt" Blankenship

Deputy Blankenship was shot and killed while riding in a posse that was searching for several inmates who had just escaped from the county jail. The inmates setup an ambush about three miles from Waco. As the posse approached the suspects opened fire on them. The posse returned fire and in the ensuing shootout Deputy Blankenship was mortally wounded. The suspects were all apprehended. The man who prisoner identified as the person who shot Deputy Blankenship was shot and killed as he tried to escape from the posse a second time.


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Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Shot and killed

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Deputy Sheriff Blankenship,
On today, the 150th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of McLennan County.


United States Border Patrol

July 24, 2023

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