Deputy Sheriff Frances Howard Becker

Deputy Sheriff Frances Howard Becker

Brown County Sheriff's Office, Texas

End of Watch Wednesday, August 19, 1942

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Frances Howard Becker

Deputy Sheriff Howard Becker succumbed to gunshot wounds from an accidental discharge of a firearm.

Deputy Sheriff Becker, another deputy, and a Santa Fe Railroad Special Agent were returning to Brownwood from Austin, where they had taken a patient to a state hospital. A .44 caliber revolver accidentally discharged while the officers were getting in their car in Llano. Deputy Becker was wounded and taken to the hospital in Brownwood, where he died at 3:10 a.m. the next day from a gunshot wound through the abdomen penetrating the intestines.

He was survived by his wife, a stepdaughter, and a sister.

Becker was buried in the Becker Family Cemetery in Kaufman, Texas.


  • Age 34
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire (Inadvertent)
  • Incident Date Tuesday, August 18, 1942

accidental discharge, transport

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Deputy Sheriff Becker,
On today, the 80th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Brown County. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

August 19, 2022

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