Patrolman Sammy Charles Long

Patrolman Sammy Charles Long

Texas Department of Public Safety - Texas Highway Patrol, Texas

End of Watch Sunday, November 21, 1976

Sammy Charles Long

Patrolman Sammy Long was shot and killed after making a traffic stop on a driver for a traffic violation on US 67 near Rankin, Texas.

The suspect, who was AWOL from the US Navy, opened fire with a .32 caliber handgun as Patrolman Long approached the vehicle, knocking him to the ground. The suspect then took Patrolman Long's service weapon and shot him in the back six times as he lay on the ground.

A citizen, who was an avid deer hunter returning from a hunting trip, was stopped in a rest stop 150 yards from the traffic stop and witnessed the shooting. The man immediately retrieved his hunting rifle and shot the suspect at a range of 150 yards, killing him.

Patrolman Long had served with the Texas Highway Patrol for 18 years and was stationed at McCamey. He was survived by his wife and son.


  • Age Not available
  • Tour 18 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Shot and killed by citizen

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I was in high school, and with an explorer police organization in Athens TX. We visited the Texas Ranger Museum in Waco, I seen a gold plated .45 pistol and the story of the deer Hunter.
Jump ahead several years 1997 I graduated from TX DPS academy and assigned to Iraan TX . I met a Sgt we'll call him Skipper. He was Trooper Longs partner, and he was off that tragic day, Skipper had several stories.
We both attended the memorial dedication to Trooper Long in Rankin TX.
What an impact on my life reading the story, and an honor to attend a memorial and hearing his stories.
I am retired now and was truly honored to have been a part of Texas DPS, wearing Texas Tan and my Red Patch.
God Bless
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Butch Fulton Trooper

January 11, 2018

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