These law enforcement officers were killed in the line of duty in the Waco area:
• Feb. 28 — Special Agent Conway LeBleu was one of four Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearm agents shot and killed during a raid on the Branch Davidian compound near Waco. About 100 agents raided the Mount Carmel compound in an attempt to search for illegal weapons and arrest the cult’s leader, Vernon Howell.
• Feb. 28 — Special Agent Todd McKeehan also died during the ATF raid.
• Feb. 28 — Special Agent Robert Williams died during the Mount Carmel raid as well.
• Feb. 28 — Special Agent Steve Willis was the fourth ATF agent to die at Mount Carmel.
• Aug. 29, 1989 — Sgt. John Robert (Bobby) Vicha was shot outside his Axtell home by his former brother-in-law, Billy Wayne Coble, who had come to kidnap Vicha’s sister.
Vicha’s father, Robert Vicha, and his mother, Zalda Vicha, also were killed.
• June 12, 1976 — Sgt. Robert Barrett was stabbed and then shot with his own revolver while trying to apprehend a murder suspect at the bus station at Seventh Street and Columbus Avenue.
Barrett came upon the suspect when the man tried to steal a taxi after stabbing a bus rider. Barrett was stabbed several times while struggling with the suspect. The suspect pulled Barrett’s gun from him and shot him twice.
• Feb. 28, 1971 — Jailer Bobby Mayo was shot while he and another jailer were serving meals to prisoners in the old McLennan County Jail.
Apparently some inmates were hiding when the two jailers took the trays into what they believed to be a secure area. One jailer was hit in the head with a sock containing batteries.
The inmates then removed a gun form the jailer’s boot and shot Mayo.
• December 22, 1968 — Sgt. Donald Basquette was shot three times while arresting a wanted bank robber.
Basquette arrested the suspect after a shooting at a bar in the 2500 block of Columbus Avenue. The suspect’s girlfriend managed to slip a gun to him, and he ordered Basquette to turn over his weapon. Basquette refused, but the suspect took the gun anyway.
Basquette was shot while another officer shot at the suspect. He died Feb. 11, 1969.
• Oct. 8, 1940 — Officer R.R. Anderson died from injuries he received when his motorcycle ran into a car at Austin Avenue and Eleventh Street.
With his siren blaring, Anderson responded to a fire alarm. A driver with hearing problems pulled out in front of Anderson, who was thrown over the car and landed under a stopped bus.
The fire was a false alarm.
• July 3, 1940 — Officer Elmer Huddleston, a five-year veteran, was shot while trying to apprehend three men in a car involved in several armed robberies.
Huddleston’s partner, rookie Officer Ira Royals, noticed the driver of the car had a gun and shouted a warning. Huddleston and the driver exchanged fire and Huddleston was hit in the neck. The driver was shot in the head and died two days later from his wounds.
• Aug. 19, 1936 — Officer J.M. Baskin was shot outside a house in the 3100 block of Colcord Avenue. He had responded to a disturbance call concerning an argument between the owner of the house and a cab driver. While talking with the cab driver, Baskin was shot in the side with a shotgun. He died 10 days later at a local hospital.
• July 24, 1933 — Officer Urby J. Thompson was shot in the head while trying to arrest a man for threatening a restaurant owner with a gun.
After shooting Thompson, the suspect used the officer’s gun to beat him in the head and face. Another officer shot the suspect after seeing Thompson being beaten.