Deputy Sheriff John R. Cramer

Deputy Sheriff John R. Cramer

El Paso County Sheriff's Office, Texas

End of Watch Friday, April 26, 1940

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John R. Cramer

Deputy Sheriff John Cramer was shot and killed by a prisoner one mile west of Clint, Texas.

He had arrested the man for abusing a woman and was transporting him to a justice of the peace to obtain charges. The prisoner, who had not been handcuffed, suddenly pulled out a knife and stabbed Deputy Cramer in the abdomen several times before disarming him and fatally shooting him.

His body was found in his car and his service revolver was missing. Three hours later the prisoner was shot and killed when he opened fire on officers attempting to arrest him.

Deputy Cramer had served with the El Paso County Sheriff's Office for eight years.


  • Age 55
  • Tour 8 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Shot and killed

escape attempt, transport

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Deputy Sheriff Cramer,
On today, the 80th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of El Paso County.


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April 26, 2020

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