Texas deputy dies after cow attack

19-year-veteran Robert Britton is survived by his two children

Duty Death: Deputy Sheriff Robert Britton - [Smith County Sheriff's Office, Texas]


By PoliceOne Staff

SMITH COUNTY, Texas — Deputy Sheriff Robert Britton succumbed to injuries sustained four days earlier when he was attacked by an injured cow while directing traffic around the animal.

He had responded to the scene after a vehicle struck and injured the cow on Farm Road 344. As he directed traffic around the animal it charged him and knocked him into the air. He landed on his head and suffered severe head injuries. The cow continued attacking him until other deputies were able to pull him to safety.

Deputy Britton was transported to East Texas Medical Center where he remained until succumbing to his injuries.

Deputy Britton had served with the Smith County Sheriff's Office for 19 years. He is survived by his two children.

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