Special Deputy Sheriff Travis Haynes

Special Deputy Sheriff Travis Haynes

Quay County Sheriff's Department, New Mexico

End of Watch Tuesday, February 14, 1984

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Travis Haynes

Special Deputy Sheriff Travis Haynes succumbed to a gunshot wound received 12 years earlier after going to a ranch to help two motorists.

Special Deputy Haynes was working in his store when the rancher called him to tell him of the motorists. When Deputy Haynes arrived, he and the two motorists left in his car. After he failed to return, his wife called the sheriff, and a search was undertaken. He was found with a gunshot wound to the head.

The two suspects turned out to be escapees from the Kansas State Prison. Both were apprehended after a vehicle pursuit and convicted of shooting Deputy Haynes.

Deputy Haynes never recovered from his wound and died in Abilene, Texas.

He had served as a Special Deputy for 25 years with the Quay County Sheriff's Department at the time of the shooting.


  • Age Not available
  • Tour 25 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Tuesday, May 2, 1972
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Apprehended

disabled motorist, escapee, suspicious person

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Deputy Sheriff Haynes,
On today, the 40th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Quay County. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

BPA Mike Casey
United States Border Patrol(Retired)

February 14, 2024

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