Deputy Sheriff Avant Burmeister Coward

Deputy Sheriff Avant Burmeister Coward

Atascosa County Sheriff's Department, Texas

End of Watch Saturday, August 2, 1952

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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 knowing that your service and sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

August 2, 2020

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