Deputy Sheriff Benjamin Hawkins Berry

Deputy Sheriff Benjamin Hawkins Berry

Travis County Sheriff's Office, Texas

End of Watch Wednesday, February 1, 1967

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Benjamin Hawkins Berry

Deputy Berry was shot and killed as he and Deputy Walter Eckert attempted to serve a warrant on a man for writing bad checks. The deputies entered the man's residence after being told by a neighbor that the man was inside of the home. The suspect opened fire on the deputies with a M-1 carbine, striking Deputy Berry in the chest and Deputy Eckert in the hip and calf. Deputy Eckert returned fire but did not strike the suspect. The man was arrested and sentenced to 99 years in prison but released after serving only 13 years.

Deputy Eckert succumbed to his wounds on June 4, 1975.

Deputy Berry was survived by his wife and son.


  • Age Not available
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle; M-1
  • Offender Released after 13 years

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Rest in Peace Deputy Sheriff Benjamin Hawkins Berry. Thank You for your Service and Sacrifice protecting the citizens of Travis County, Texas.

I Pray for Peace for your Family, Friends and Co-Workers. I also Pray that the hounds of hell forever pursue your murderer. May his days on this earth be filled with pain and anguish and when he passes May his screams of anguish forever rise up from the lake of fire warning evil doers of their impending fate.


Senior Special Agent B.L. Sherwood (Ret)
Port Terminal Railroad Police Houston, TX

June 4, 2016

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