Deputy Sheriff Byford Henry Hunter

Deputy Sheriff Byford Henry Hunter

Angelina County Sheriff's Office, Texas

End of Watch Saturday, September 11, 1982

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Byford Henry Hunter

Deputy Hunter was shot and killed while attepting to serve a misdemeanor warrant on a man with a history of resisting arrest. During the incident the suspect and the suspect's uncle assaulted Deputy Hunter and tried to gain control of his service weapon. Deputy Hunter was able to shoot and kill the suspect during the struggle but was shot numerous times by the uncle. As he retreated from the house he was shot several more times in the back. He made it to his patrol and called for backup but succumbed to his wounds. The uncle, who was wounded, fled the scene but turned himself in with his attorney later that day. He was convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to 12 years.


  • Age 34
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

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

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Byford today I was thinking about our time together at Angelina County. Years have gone by but my friendship is still strong. Rest in Peace my brother.

Wendell L Carver
Mesquite Police Retired (former Lufkin Police Department Officer)

September 25, 2021

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