Deputy Sheriff Henry C. Banks

Deputy Sheriff Henry C. Banks

Hays County Sheriff's Office, Texas

End of Watch Sunday, November 16, 1873

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Henry C. Banks

Deputy Sheriff Henry Banks was shot and killed while returning to Hays County after transporting several prisoners to Austin.

He encountered a disorderly man who was harassing a man and his wife. As Deputy Banks attempted to arrest him the man attacked him. The subject was able to disarm Deputy Banks and then fatally shot him with his own service revolver.

The subject was apprehended, convicted of first degree murder, and sentenced to death. The death sentence was subsequently overturned on appeal.


  • Age 21
  • Tour 1 week
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Death penalty overturned

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Deputy Sheriff Banks,
On today, the 137th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Hays County.


United States Border Patrol

November 16, 2011

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