Deputy Jailer Bobby Lee Mayo

Deputy Jailer Bobby Lee Mayo

McLennan County Sheriff's Office, Texas

End of Watch Sunday, February 28, 1971

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Bobby Lee Mayo

Jailer Mayo was shot and killed while coming to the aid of another deputy who had been attacked by six inmates while serving them food. The inmates had slammed the cell's steel door into another deputy and knocked him down. They then took a 2-shot Derringer from the deputy's pocket and began to beat him with a battery-filled sock. Jailer Mayo was shot in the head as he came to the assistance of the other deputy. The prisoners then began to destroy the property room but were all apprehended by other deputies. All six were charged with murder and attempted escape.

Jailer Mayo had been with the agency for only two years and had previously served four years with the McGregor Police Department. He was survived by his wife and three children.


  • Age 39
  • Tour 6 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; Derringer
  • Offender Apprehended

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I will never forget this tragic time in my life. I was attending the 4 the grade and was in the same room with his daughter, we were childhood friends when this happens. To this day my brother and I remain close friends of with his son Don. Officer Mayo also served as Chief engineer with the McGregor vol fire dept. He and his family lived in top of the old two story fire station downtown that's no longer there. I attributed that as being my first inspiration of becoming a fire fighter. To all those officers out there and all those first responders and our armed forces, stay safe and thanks for your service. God bless officer Mayo and his family, rest easy.

Don C Yeager Asst. fire chief waco tx.
Waco fire rescue.

September 28, 2014

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