Sheriff David L. "Doc" Anderson

Sheriff David L. "Doc" Anderson

Terrell County Sheriff's Department, Texas

End of Watch Tuesday, June 4, 1918

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David L. "Doc" Anderson

Sheriff Doc Anderson was shot and killed when he responded to a disturbance call at a saloon in Sanderson.

He was warned that a suspect inside was armed but the sheriff did not think the man was a threat. As he entered the saloon the suspect shot him three times, killing him. The suspect was shot and killed a few minutes later by a constable when he stepped outside.

Sheriff Anderson had been with the agency for three years and had also served as a U.S. Customs inspector.


  • Age 57
  • Tour 3 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

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

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Today June 4 marks the 100th anniversary of the death of Terrell County Sheriff David “Doc” Anderson. In remembrance of Sheriff Anderson, the a new shoulder patch worn by the Terrell County Sheriff’s Officer bears the date of his untimely death of June 4, 1918. A small token to show the appreciation for the sacrifice made, but in turn a token to keep your service to Terrell County not go unnoticed.
Gone but never forgotten
Its an honor to follow in your footsteps
Rest Easy

Sheriff Keith Hughes
Terrell County Sheriffs Office

June 4, 2018

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