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Parole Violator Arrested after Manhunt

Benjamin Willis Becker

On 06/18/2019 at approximately 2:40 PM, Burnet County Sheriff’s Office deputies attempted to stop a vehicle driven by a subject wanted on a parole revocation warrant in the 7200 block of Park Road 4 in Burnet County. The suspect, Benjamin Willis Becker, 40 years of age of Round Mountain, led deputies on a short vehicle pursuit which ended at the Hoover Valley Country Store. Becker then fled on foot into the very rugged terrain behind the store and fell down several feet into a ravine.

Deputies made their way down to where Becker was last seen and attempted to locate him. The BCSO K9 and a DPS helicopter were called in to assist in the search. Burnet County Communications activated the reverse 911 system to notify area residents of the suspect’s description and last known location. BCSO deputies and officers from other agencies looked for Becker until approximately 9:30 PM. It was believed that Becker had insured himself in the fall into the ravine and that he would eventually seek medical attention.

On 06/19/2019 at 8:16 AM, BCSO Communications received a call from the front gate of Camp Longhorn, located at 1000 Indian Springs Road. The caller reported that Becker had arrived at their front gate and asked to use a phone. Becker left the area on foot before deputies could arrive.

Deputies quickly set up a perimeter in the area of County Road 143 and the reverse 911 system was again activated to notify area residents of the suspect’s updated location and description. At 9:08 AM, BCSO Communications received a 911 call from a resident in the 400 block of CR 143. The caller stated that he had located the suspect lying in a creek bed on his property and was holding him at gunpoint. The caller stated that he had received the reverse 911 alert and when he walked his property, his dog had located Becker asleep in a creek bed.

Deputies quickly arrived and took Becker into custody without incident. EMS was called to the scene to evaluate Becker for injuries sustained during his night on the run in the wilderness. He was dehydrated and scratched up, but otherwise uninjured. He was transported to the Burnet County Jail and booked on the probation violation warrant as well as additional charges.

This incident shows the power of cooperation between law enforcement and the public. The reverse 911 system allowed us to quickly get information out to the public in the area of this incident. The arrest of this suspect was the result of alert citizens making phone calls based upon the information that they had received. To sign up for the alert system, please visit https://warncentraltexas.org/ to receive alerts via phone, email, and/or text.

Investigator Kristin Davis Honored with Award

BCSO Investigator Kristin Davis was honored on 4/25/2019 with the first ever Multidisciplinary Team MVP Award by the Hill Country Children’s Advocacy Center during a special luncheon.

The “Multidisciplinary Team Service Award” was developed to honor persons who are making significant contributions to the Hill Country Children’s Advocacy Center Multidisciplinary Team through their time, actions and commitment. The honoree selected serves as a role model for safety, justice, and healing and is striving to make our communities a better place.

Congratulations on an honor well deserved!

New Deputy Sworn In

Sheriff Calvin Boyd and BCSO are pleased to announce our newest hire for patrol deputy, Richard Murray. Deputy Murray comes to us from the panhandle area of Texas where he was a Deputy Sheriff for several years. He was sworn in on 4/23/2019 by Sheriff Boyd. Deputy Murray’s wife pinned on his new Burnet County badge and his family was in attendance.

Deputy Murray will now begin an extensive field training program before he being released to solo duty. Please join us in welcoming him to the Burnet County family!

BCSO Deputies and DPS Trooper Receive Lifesaving Award

On 3/15/2019, Burnet County Sheriff’s Office Deputies Eric Molina and Leon Ingersoll along with DPS Trooper Daniel Ruiz received the Burnet County Sheriff’s Office Lifesaving Award for their actions on December 29, 2018 at the scene of a major traffic collision.

Front Row: Deputy Eric Molina, Deputy Leon Ingersoll, Trooper Daniel Ruiz
Back Row: Sheriff Calvin Boyd, Patrol Captain Steve Clark, Chief Deputy Mike Cummings

Deputies Molina, Ingersoll, and Trooper Ruiz responded to a major two vehicle collision on 12/29/2018 south of Marble Falls on US 281. One vehicle caught fire and the driver was pinned in the wreck. These officers utilized at least 8 fire extinguishers and broke out windows to help the trapped driver. Deputy Ingersoll used his patrol unit to push the burning car away from the other vehicle so that rescuers could get to the driver’s door to help the trapped driver.

Their actions were pivotal in buying time for fire and EMS to arrive and take over rescuing the driver, who was stabilized and air lifted to a trauma center. Without their heroic actions, the driver would have certainly perished that day in the burning vehicle. Molina, Ingersoll, and Ruiz were treated at the scene by EMS and at the emergency room for smoke inhalation. All three returned to duty later that day.

New Deputies Sworn In

BCSO is proud to announce that two new additions to the team were sworn in on March 4, 2019 by Sheriff Calvin Boyd. Both are experienced officers and will make a great addition to Burnet County.

Natalie Sharp joins us as our new Animal Control Deputy. She will begin an orientation period with the Patrol Division before she attends training to become certified for Animal Control.

Deputy Natalie Sharp was sworn in by Sheriff Calvin Boyd and her badge was pinned on by her father.

Scott Davis was also sworn in today and will be assigned to the Patrol Division as a field deputy. He will now complete the Field Training Program before being released to solo duty.

Sheriff Calvin Boyd with Deputy Scott Davis

BCSO Awarded Grant for K9

The Burnet County Sheriff’s Office is pleased to announce that we have been awarded a grant from K9s4COPS, an organization that provides K9s to law enforcement agencies on a grant basis.

Deputy Kyle Ciolfi was selected from our staff to be the K9 handler and was able to meet and bond with K9 Ron (aka Jag) on 2/18/2019. They will now begin an intensive K9 course together at Pacesetter K9 in Liberty Hill that will equip Deputy Ciolfi and K9 Ron to perform narcotics detection and tracking functions.

As a part of the grant agreement, Burnet County SO will equip a patrol unit with the appropriate K9 cage, provide a kennel at the deputy’s house, and make arrangements for feeding and medical care for the K9.