Deputy Sheriff Paul Steven Habelt

Deputy Sheriff Paul Steven Habelt

Henderson County Sheriff's Department, Texas

End of Watch Thursday, May 17, 2007

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Paul Steven Habelt

Deputy Paul Habelt and Deputy Sheriff Tony Ogburn were shot and killed after responding to a domestic violence call.

Deputies Habelt, Ogburn, and Kevin Harris responded to a domestic disturbance call in Payne Springs. When they arrived, the suspect opened fire on them with a high powered rifle. Deputies Habelt and Ogburn were killed, and Harris was wounded.

The suspect was shot and wounded by responding officers. The suspect was convicted of capital murder and sentenced to death.

Deputy Hablet had served in law enforcement for 43 years. He had previously served with the Oakland Police Department and South Lake Tahoe Police Department, before moving to Texas, where he served with the Henderson County Sheriff's Department for 13 years.

He was survived by his wife, six children, other relatives and a host of friends and co-workers. He was buried in the Goshen Cemetery in Henderson County.


  • Age 63
  • Tour 43 years
  • Badge 515

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle
  • Offender Sentenced to death

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I met officer Habelt when he responded to the scene of an accident I was involved in in South Lake Tahoe back in 1974. He was 100% professional, absolutely a model officer. I met him again when we both testified at trial for the drunk driver who had fled the scene of the accident.

A couple years later I was horrified to learn of Officer Habelt being shot 5 times at point blank range with a 45 caliber handgun when he responded to a disturbance that turned out to be a hostage situation after some kind of drug deal gone bad (Tahoe locals may recall the Locklear case). Miraculously Officer Habelt survived; it's a remarkable testament to his character that the chose to return to police work after enduring injuries that certainly qualified him for a lifetime ticket on 100% disability. One of the best.

civilian--Mark Talmant

August 9, 2018

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