Patrolman Winfred O. Hanna

Patrolman Winfred O. Hanna

Texas Department of Public Safety - Texas Highway Patrol, Texas

End of Watch Monday, January 25, 1954

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Winfred O. Hanna

Patrolman Winfred Hanna was shot and killed while searching for a subject who had just shot and critically wounded his estranged wife.

Patrolman Hanna, his partner, and the Bowie County Sheriff's Office sheriff located the subject near railroad tracks outside of Bassett, Texas. The officers split up in an attempt to apprehend the subject. When Patrolman Hanna confronted the subject, a gunbattle ensued, and Patrolman Hanna was killed. Later in the day, the subject shot at four patrolmen when cornered. All four returned fire, killing him.

Patrolman Hanna was a United States Army WWII veteran and had served with the Texas Department of Public Safety - Texas Highway Patrol for seven years. He was survived by his wife, parents, brother, and sister


  • Age 37
  • Tour 7 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Shot and killed

arrest attempt, domestic

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Patrolman Hanna,
On today, the 70th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just as a Law Enforcement Officer but for our Country as well when you served with the U.S. Army during World War II. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

BPA Mike Casey
United States Border Patrol(Retired)

January 25, 2024

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