Deputy Sheriff Paul Steven Habelt

Deputy Sheriff Paul Steven Habelt

Henderson County Sheriff's Office, 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 Habelt 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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My dad Gerald Lewis worked with Paul’s dad Milt at OPD. My family became good friends with Milt and Florence. I only remember knowing about Paul. I believe he was grown and out of his parents home by the time we (my mom dad sister and brother and I) visited his childhood home. Also Milt and Florence would often come to our house for barbecues. As a young child I recall being excited when we saw them and I remember his parents fondly.
Such kind and sweet people.
My dad told me about Paul’s death. He was touched and very sad about it.
I don’t know when Milt and Florence died but I believe it was before Paul’s death. My dad died in 2012 at the age 93.
RIP Paul, Florence and Milt.

Kathleen Lewis Whitlow
My dad and Paul’s dad worked together at OPD.

January 28, 2024

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