Deputy City Marshal John Howell Adams

Deputy City Marshal John Howell Adams

Hempstead Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Saturday, November 6, 1880

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John Howell Adams

Deputy John Adams was shot and killed after responding to a domestic disturbance.

Deputy Adams arrived at the domestic disturbance and found that an intoxicated ex-convict causing the problem. While Deputy Adams was taking the suspect into custody, the suspect drew a handgun and shot Deputy Adams, killing him.

The subject was apprehended and convicted of murder in the second degree. He was sentenced to seven years.

Deputy Adams had served with the Hempstead Police Department for 10 years. He was survived by his wife and two children.


  • Age 42
  • Tour 10 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Seven years

alcohol violation, domestic

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Heroes live forever, Deputy Adams, and we will never forget. Thank you for the sacrifice you made for the citizens of Hempstead and the great State of Texas.

Greater Houston C.O.P.S.

November 7, 2013

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