Chief Deputy Sheriff Ken Norris Meister

Chief Deputy Sheriff Ken Norris Meister

Zavala County Sheriff's Office, Texas

End of Watch Saturday, April 20, 1991

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Ken Norris Meister

Chief Deputy Sheriff Ken Meister was shot and killed during a drug sting operation.

He and another deputy were ambushed by three suspects at the scene in Lytle, Texas. Chief Deputy Meister was shot twice by one of the suspects with a .22 caliber rifle. The other deputy was able to return fire, killing two of the men. The third man was taken into custody after trying to flee the area and charged with capital murder.

Chief Deputy Meister was survived by his wife, son, and daughter.


  • Age 45
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge 790

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle; .22 caliber
  • Offender Not available

narcotics, ambush

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Chief Deputy Meister,
On today, the 30th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Zavala County. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

April 20, 2021

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