Deputy Sheriff Shane Thomas Detwiler

Deputy Sheriff Shane Thomas Detwiler

Chambers County Sheriff's Office, Texas

End of Watch Monday, July 13, 2009

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Shane Thomas Detwiler

Deputy Sheriff Shane Detwiler was shot and killed as he and a state trooper searched a mobile home after responding to the scene of a shooting.

The initial shooting occurred when a female occupant of the mobile home fired at a utility worker who was attempting to shut the home's water off. Deputy Detwiler and two troopers responded to the scene and took the female into custody.

Deputy Shane Detwiler and one of the troopers then began to search the home for other occupants. When they reached the back bedroom, the woman's husband opened fire, fatally wounding Deputy Detwiler.

The trooper returned fire as he dragged Deputy Detwiler from the home.

The male subject, who was a former reserve police officer, was found dead from a gunshot wound approximately nine hours later.

Deputy Detwiler had served with the Chambers County Sheriff's Office for only two months. He had previously served as a game warden with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and as a special agent with the U.S. Army Military Intelligence while deployed to Iraq where he was awarded the Bronze Star.

He is survived by his wife, two sons, one daughter, parents, and sister.


  • Age 31
  • Tour 6 years
  • Badge 125
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Deceased

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10 years passes so quickly. Your sacrifice will never be forgotten by my family. I will never forget the events of that day. The challenge coin from your foundation that your mother gave me rides patrol with me everyday as that reminder. Although I never got to meet you, I know from all the stories I've heard what a wonderful person you were. My heart goes out to your entire family, both blood and blue, on this 10th anniversary of your passing. May the peace of God's grace and glory be over them.

Sgt. Michael Bilbrey
Harris County Constable Pct. 5

July 13, 2019

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