Sheriff Harry Dunlap

Sheriff Harry Dunlap

Limestone County Sheriff's Office, Texas

End of Watch Sunday, May 15, 1955

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Harry Dunlap

Sheriff Harry Dunlap was shot and killed while attempting to apprehend a man on a psychiatric warrant at a farm between Groesbeck and Thornton.

The suspect had barricaded himself inside of his home after being notified he was going to be taken to a state hospital. The suspect was later taken into custody after being shot several times by deputies. He died from his wounds a short time later.


  • Age 47
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle; .22 caliber
  • Offender Shot and killed

EDP, warrant service

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On that Sunday afternoon, 15 May 1955, I was working at Zeph's gulf station in Groesbeck TX. All of a sudden this oldsmobile pulled into the driveway in one heck of a hurry. I ran out to meet the driver. He said fill it up with Gulf No Nox gasoline and hurry up. It had a long whip antenna on the back. Obvious it was Law Enforcement of some sort. I asked the individual what was going on for them to be in that big of a hurry. He said the Sheriff had been shot by a deranged person and we are going to try and arrest the shooter. Turned out the guy was Captain Clint Peoples of the Texas Rangers. Later head of the Rangers. Anyway after he left out, later on that afternoon, I saw something pull up at Groesbeck Hospital. Turned out to be the deranged individual that had been shot many times by Sheriffs Deputies. They had to get an armored personnel carrier from Fort Hood to get close to the house and place gas gernades inside. The man ran out and the Deputies brought him down. He was still alive when brought to the hospital but did not live long. What an afternoon, I'll never forget it. Really hated that Sheriff Dunlap was killed, he was a very good man.

John Judah
I just knew Sheriff Dunlap

February 6, 2020

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