Police Officer Robert "Bobby" Hornsby
Killeen Police Department, Texas
End of Watch: Sunday, July 14, 2013
Tour of Duty: 4 years
Badge Number: Not available
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: July 14, 2013
Weapon Used: Rifle; AK-47
Suspect Info: Shot and killed
Agency Contact Information
Chief of Police Dennis Baldwin
Killeen Police Department
3304 Community Boulevard
Killeen, TX 76542
Phone: (254) 501-8830
Police Officer Bobby Hornsby was shot and killed while participating in a SWAT deployment at an apartment complex in the 1600 block of Grandon Drive shortly after midnight.
Earlier in the evening a resident in the complex displayed a weapon as he confronted several people who were using the pool. When initial units arrived the subject barricaded brandished an AK-47 rifle and barricaded himself in his apartment. The agency’s Tactical Response Unit was deployed and arrived at the scene approximately one hour after the initial call.
As members of the tactical unit attempted to make contact with the man, the subject fired one shot and then opened the apartment door with his hands up. When the subject refused to exit the apartment the tactical team moved in to subdue him. The man backed further into the apartment, grabbed the rifle, and opened fire. Officer Hornsby and another officer were wounded before the subject was killed by return fire.
Both officers were transported to Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center, where Officer Hornsby succumbed to his wounds shortly before 2:00 am.
Officer Hornsby had served with the Killeen Police Department for four years. He is survived by his wife, daughter, and son.
Texas is mourning a hero, after Plainview native Robert (Bobby) Hornsby was killed in the line of duty early Sunday morning in Killeen.
A SWAT team member for the Killeen Police Department, Hornsby was killed in a shootout with a man armed with an assault rifle at an apartment complex.
“He was a good man,” said Hornsby’s older brother Charles Hornsby of Austin. “One of those types of guys that would help you with anything you needed.”
Hornsby’s family moved to Plainview in 1983 to open the Golden Corral restaurant when Robert was 2-years-old. The family then moved to Temple to open up another Golden Corral restaurant in 1995.
Hornsby joined the Killeen Police Department 4 1/2 years ago and joined the SWAT team about a year ago.
“It took us a little by surprise when he told us he wanted to become an officer, but once he did it he just loved it,” said brother Charles Hornsby. “It’s all he ever talked about, that and his kids. He carried that badge everywhere.”
Hornsby was married to wife Kim and the couple had two children; an 18-month year-old son named Braxx and a 5-year-old daughter named Layden.
“Early (Sunday) morning, this community experienced the loss of one of Killeen’s finest. The days ahead will be challenging, but for now, we are mourning the loss of a great officer,” Killeen Police Chief Dennis Baldwin said in a statement. “Our hearts and prayers go out to the officer’s family during this difficult time.”
KPD officers responded to a disturbance call at just before midnight Saturday in the pool area at Grandon Manor Apartments in Killeen, according to the Killeen Daily Herald.
The person who dialed 911 reported that a white man came out of his apartment carrying the rifle and threatening people by the pool.
According to one witness, the shooter asked neighbors if they were “ready to go to Heaven.”
SWAT was immediately called once responding officers saw that the suspect was armed with an AK-47 assault rifle.
The man returned to his apartment and began “shooting at the officers,” according to a KPD news release.
Two officers were shot, and Hornsby was pronounced dead at 1:27 a.m. Sunday. The other was listed in stable condition following surgery in a hospital in Temple.
The shooter was eventually shot and killed by police during the ensuing shoot out. His identity was withheld by police pending notification of relatives.
According to the Killeen Herald, the suspect’s neighbors said the shooter had been drinking since 7 p.m. Saturday, and had offered them tequila. Neighbors also described him as a soldier who had just returned from Afghanistan.