Night Watchman Lewis Thomas Snyder

Night Watchman Lewis Thomas Snyder

Roscoe Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Thursday, August 4, 1966

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Lewis Thomas Snyder

Night Watchman Lewis Snyder was shot and killed with his own weapon after surprising a juvenile burglary suspect at a local store. The suspect approached Watchman Snyder, who was still sitting in his patrol car, and pointed an empty gun at him. The boy then took the marshal's .45 caliber service revolver, ordered him from the car, and then shot him three times.

The suspect fled to Fort Worth where he was apprehended the following day; he was convicted and sentenced to 10 years probation.

Watchman Snyder had previously worked as a railroad engineer and was survived by his wife.


  • Age 65
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Convicted, 10 years probation

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Rest in peace always knowing that your service and sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

August 4, 2020

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