Deputy Sheriff Jailer John William Benjamin Adair

Deputy Sheriff Jailer John William Benjamin Adair

Hunt County Sheriff's Office, Texas

End of Watch Saturday, August 28, 1886

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John William Benjamin Adair

Deputy Adair was stabbed to death while escorting six escapees back to the Hunt County Jail.

As the traveled back to the jail, one of the inmates attempted to escape again. Deputy Adair gave his pistol to a passing citizen and told him to go after the inmate. While Deputy Adair was guarding the remaining prisoners, they attacked him. The suspects cut Deputy Adair's throat and wrist, then they cut him from his shoulder to his waist. Deputy Adair succumbed to his injuries four days later.

Deputy Adair had served with the Hunt County Sheriff's Office for two years and was survived by his wife and two children.


  • Age 37
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Stabbed
  • Weapon Edged weapon; Knife
  • Offender Not available

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Rest In Peace Deputy Sheriff John W. B. Adair. Thank You for your Service and Sacrifice Protecting the citizens of Hunt County, Texas.

I Pray for Peace for your family and those brave souls who have chosen to follow in your footsteps. I also Pray that the scum who murdered you shall burn forever in the lake of fire.


B. Sherwood Senior Special Agent retired
Port Terminal Railroad Police Houston, TX

August 24, 2016

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