Texas Sheriffs Today
Jun. 12, 2015

Bowie County sheriff's deputy presented Medal of Valor
TXK Today
Bowie County Sheriff James Prince on Wednesday presented Deputy Danny French with the Medal of Valor for his heroic actions during an encounter with armed suspect who engaged him in gunfire. A DeKalb, Texas police officer responded to a disturbance call in the 200 block of Pecan in DeKalb around 1:00 a.m. Aug. 11, 2014. Eddie Davis, 64, opened fire from his home.

After ordering Davis to drop the weapon multiple times he opened fire on the officers. Sharon Coleman and French returned fire from behind a patrol vehicle. During the exchange, Coleman was shot in the left leg, and Davis was fatally shotMore

Former Fort Worth chief offers perspective on McKinney
While millions of people have viewed the now-infamous YouTube video of McKinney police officer Eric Casebolt taking down a black teen and drawing his gun on others at an out-of-control pool party, one former top police officer in Fort Worth has some unique insight. Jeff Halstead, who retired as Fort Worth's chief in 2014, successfully brought hundreds of body cameras to the city's police force. He says what transpired in McKinney underscores the dire need for more video recording, not less.More

Cooke County sheriff makes arrest in 1997 murder case
Christopher Andrew Ax, 38, of Gainesville was arrested Thursday and charged with capital murder in the 1997 slaying of Shebaniah Sarah Doughtery, 20. Dougherty was reported missing March 28, 1997 after not arriving home from work the night before. Her body was discovered on March 30 near the remains of an abandoned residence on what was then called Cooper's Crossing Road near County Road 218.

Jerry Bacon, a former investigator with the Cooke County Sheriff's Office, worked the case. He said it's one that he never forgot.More

Hidalgo County Sheriff's deputies: Man accused of trying to perform
sex act with horse — again

Hidalgo County sheriff's deputies arrested a man last week after investigators believed he was trying to have a sexual encounter with a horse in rural Edinburg. Cirilo Castillo Jr., 45, was found lying on the ground in a horse stable with an injured leg in rural Edinburg back in February. The owner recognized Castillo because he had been to the property a time prior. It's the same property where he was previously arrested and then charged with having sex with a horse.More

Police search for how to pay for body cameras
Police departments all over Texas are searching for ways to pay for officer body cameras. This last session, lawmakers passed a bill that earmarked millions of dollars for body cameras. This year, lawmakers passed a bill to encourage local agencies to equip their officers with body cameras. Senate Bill 158 makes $10 million available for body cameras. Agencies could apply for money after putting down 25 percent of the cost.More

Governor signs toughest border security plan of any state, seeks
federal reimbursement

Gov. Greg Abbott held a ceremony to sign the toughest and most comprehensive border security plan of any state in the United States of America. The legislative package provides historic levels of funding to secure the border, establishes a Child Sex Trafficking Prevention Unit, strengthens penalties for human traffickers, increases funding for the border protection unit and seeks reimbursement from the federal government for Texas funds spent on border issues.More

Officers open fire, kill gunman in Tomball
A 45-year-old handyman armed with a pistol-grip shotgun was shot to death by law enforcement officers Tuesday night. According to the Harris County Sheriff's Department, the gunman led several Montgomery County sheriff's deputies and a Tomball police officer on a high-speed chase through Tomball nearly ramming into several innocent drivers along the way.More

Police exercise offers glimpse into real-life dangers
USA Today
Across the country, communities of color and police are squaring off about how officers treat residents and suspects. Cases of white officers killing unarmed black men have raised questions about police abusing their authority with no accountability. Now, the Legal Defense Fund is making training simulations normally reserved for officers open to the public as a way to help people understand the uncertain situations that officers step into every day.More

Is Alice 1 of the most dangerous cities in Texas?
Alice Echo-News Journal
Alice is ranked six for the most dangerous place to live in Texas, according to an article by HomeSnacks. After analyzing more than 200 of the most populous cities in Texas, the data has determined that Alice ranks behind Weslaco, Texarkana, Alamo, Donna and Beaumont.More