Deputy Sheriff Avant Burmeister Coward

Deputy Sheriff Avant Burmeister Coward

Atascosa County Sheriff's Department, Texas

End of Watch Saturday, August 2, 1952

Avant Burmeister Coward

Deputy Coward was shot and killed in the front lawn of the county jail by a suspect. Deputy Coward had sent a message to the man earlier in the day requesting that he come to the jail to answer questions about cattle rustling. The man arrived at the jail with a shotgun and immediately exchanged shots with Deputy Coward. Both men were fatally wounded.

Deputy Coward was survived by his wife, four daughters, and one granddaughter.


  • Age 46
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender Shot and killed

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Rest in Peace Deputy Sheriff Avant B. Coward. Thank You for your Service and Sacrifice protecting the citizens of Atascosa, Texas.

I Pray for Peace for your Family, Friends, Ancestors and those brave souls who have chosen to follow in your foot steps protecting the public. I also Pray that the thug who murdered you is rotting in hell.


Senior Special Agent B.L. Sherwood (Ret)
Port Terminal Railroad Police Houston, TX

August 3, 2016

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