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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Trooper Long
I remember this on news back in 76. Thank you for your work and service to Texas in law enforcement. To the deer hunter I am glad you took out the killer and I would rather see him dead, as he is, than LWOP till a old age death in prison soaking up hard earned citizens tax dollars for 40 or 50 plus years. I was in elementary school back then and my condolences to the long family for your loss.
Joe DeHoyos
Tx Dept of MHMR (Ret.)
Mental health facility

Joe DeHoyos
Tx Dept of MHMR

April 30, 2021

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