Patrolman Sammy Charles Long

Patrolman Sammy Charles Long

Texas Department of Public Safety - Texas Highway Patrol, Texas

End of Watch Sunday, November 21, 1976

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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.

Bio

  • 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 Living in Tucson Arizona when this happened. I can tell you what I was doing when this came over the radio station KCUB. The part That sticks out to me to this day, is the state of Texas giving the hunter a medal for shooting the suspect. This Trooper touched my life and I was only in 5th grade elementary school when this happened. To this day When I drive through Texas I think about this Trooper and Hunter.

Tony little

May 4, 2020

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