Police Officer Robert Layden Hornsby

Police Officer Robert Layden Hornsby

Killeen Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Sunday, July 14, 2013

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Robert Layden Hornsby

Police Officer Bobby Hornsby was shot and killed while participating in a SWAT deployment at an apartment complex in the 1600 block of Grandon Drive shortly after midnight.

Earlier in the evening a resident in the complex displayed a weapon as he confronted several people who were using the pool. When initial units arrived the subject brandished an AK-47 rifle and barricaded himself in his apartment. The agency's Tactical Response Unit was deployed and arrived at the scene approximately one hour after the initial call.

As members of the tactical unit attempted to make contact with the man, the subject fired one shot and then opened the apartment door with his hands up. When the subject refused to exit the apartment the tactical team moved in to subdue him. The man backed further into the apartment, grabbed the rifle, and opened fire. Officer Hornsby and another officer were wounded before the subject was killed by return fire.

Both officers were transported to Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center, where Officer Hornsby succumbed to his wounds shortly before 2:00 am.

Officer Hornsby had served with the Killeen Police Department for four years. He is survived by his wife, daughter, son, mother, and three brothers.


  • Age 32
  • Tour 4 years
  • Badge 234

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle; AK-47
  • Offender Shot and killed

weapons violation

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Although I never met you Bobby, I did get to know your mother, Judy, thru her work . The pain of losing one of her boys has caused her so much grief. There is a tremendous void in her heart over losing you that could never be filled by anyone or anything. I'm sorry for your wife and children. Judy does her best day to day and will spend her remaining days not letting the memory of her brave son be forgotten. Rest In Peace.

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