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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He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Groesbeck, as we were. Always sat in the same place as many of us did during the morning service. I was there when he had to leave, which was not unusual. Later learned that day, it was his last to attend service. We drove out to the site, I remember walking around, the smell of tear gas, etc was still present. News crews were there also filming. I saw myself on TV later that night, I walked , without knowing it, right behind the news guy while he was being filmed. The doer also shot and killed one of my classmates who was on a tractor on the adjoining farm. Sad sad day in Groesbeck. Harry was well liked by those who knew him.

Jon Cook

June 22, 2022

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