Deputy Sheriff Ollie F. "Sammie" Childress, Jr.

Deputy Sheriff Ollie F. "Sammie" Childress, Jr.

Wilson County Sheriff's Office, Texas

End of Watch Friday, November 4, 1983

Ollie F. "Sammie" Childress, Jr.

Deputy Childress was shot and killed execution-style after being abducted by two suspects. The suspects abducted Deputy Childress for the purpose of using his uniform and patrol car to commit a bank robbery.

The suspects saw Deputy Childress driving by and began to flash their lights at him. When he stopped the two suspects displayed their guns, made Deputy Childress disrobe, handcuffed him and placed him in the trunk of his patrol car. One of the men then put on part of his uniform and drove to the bank and robbed it. After the robbery the suspects returned to their vehicle, at which time the suspect opened the trunk and shot Deputy Childress in the neck.

The suspects drove away but returned moments later to wipe the patrol car clean of finger prints. The suspect opened the trunk again, and finding that Deputy Childress was still alive, shot him in the neck a second time, killing him instantly. The suspects were both eventually apprehended. The shooter was sentenced to death and the other suspect was sentenced to 25 years. On May 3, 2017, the shooter's death sentence was commuted to life.

Deputy Childress had served with the agency for 3 years. He was survived by his wife, two sons, daughter, six grandchildren, father, and four siblings.


  • Age 54
  • Tour 3 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Sentence commuted to life

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I am Sammie's second cousin. I didn't know him very well. But, I clearly remember the day. The story goes, my Mother, Audrey Wiley Carr, had an older sister. Her name was Annabelle Wiley. She married Ollie Childress. They had Ollie Junior. But, I do not know the Childress family. There are a few that I remember, like Joyce. But, Ollie Junior (Sammie) was older than me. I was too young.

Nonetheless. it was a tragic day to find out a cousin of mine was brutally murdered just for doing his job. My heart went out to my family. I was a sophomore at UTSA in 1983. It continues to pour out to them, today. It's amazing how one act effects so many.

May God bless our peace officers and keep them from harm.

David Carr
San Antonio

Mr. David Carr
First cousin

November 7, 2013

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