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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Officer Hornsby is one of the bravest men I've ever had to write about in school. You seemed like you were the definition of a great cop. Many wish you were still here with us. Many people will look up to you when they are going through the same training you went through and more. Many people miss you down here.
Rest easy you deserve it.

Matthew S. Leone

January 19, 2023

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