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.


  • 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 knew and had the honor to meet and work with Trooper Long in Upton County, Rankin Tx. I was a rookie deputy sheriff hired by the late sheriff Langford. I worked at Upton county until July 1976 and then went to work for the late Sheriff Raul Florez in Reeves County, Pecos Tx. It was while working in Reeves County when we received notice of Trooper Long's death. It was a real shock and I could not believe it. Trooper Long was a fine Peace Officer well liked by most that I knew in McCamey and Rankin. I still remember the fine Trooper who gave me a lot of good advise on being a good Peace Officer. Rest in Peace Trooper, thank you for your service...

Retired Fred Lujan
Reeves County Sheriff Dept

July 7, 2019

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