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 Sheriffs Howard Becker and Otis Eston and Santa Fe Railroad Special Agent Harris Woods were returning to Brownwood from Austin where they had taken a patient to a state hospital. A .44 caliber revolver in the hands of Agent Woods 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.

Becker was buried in the Becker Family Cemetery in Kaufman, Texas. He was survived by his wife, a step-daughter and a sister.


  • Age 34
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

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

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Delaware State Police (Retired)

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