Ward, Swisher and Lamar Moore were appointed to supervise the construction. It was a small double log building constructed on the Old Courthouse block, located on the fourth block west of Congress Avenue, between Guadalupe and San Antonio, West 3rd and 4th streets.
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The first jail was destroyed by fire in and a second courthouse and jail facility was built in at the same location. He is an energetic man, and proposes to finish the structure in time for the fall court. Travis County obtained the property for the next location through a year lease with the State of Texas. The courthouse was moved to 11th St. By a novel patent lever arrangement, all of the cell doors can be closed and shut by the jailer without coming into contact with the prisoners. In , the State of Texas gave Travis County land in exchange for breaking their year lease for the courthouse and jail facilities.
As a result, Travis County built what still functions as our county courthouse today. The new courthouse building also housed the jail on the 6th and 7th floors, with capacity for inmates. A lawsuit filed in , Musgrove vs. Frank, stated that a jail above a county courthouse was unconstitutional. This lawsuit eventually resulted in the closure of the courthouse jail on July 3, In , a jail bond issue was passed, and plans began for a new jail which was scheduled to open between and in the Criminal Justice Complex.
However, a series of design and operational problems ensued that resulted in litigation between Travis County and the architects and contractors.
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The county won its lawsuit and the jail finally opened in July with a capacity of inmates. Now known as the Travis County Correctional Complex, the facility has grown to more than 19 buildings that house more than 2, inmates. TCCC is made up of twelve buildings that house more than 2, inmates. This is the largest single facility within the Sheriff's Office and is larger than most county jails in Texas. At , square feet, Building 12 has staff members, of which are corrections officers.
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She was driving Unit , a Ford Crown Victoria. Before midnight, the area that Deputy Hollis was patrolling was hit with torrential rains. The rainfall, estimated at 4 inches an hour, caused flash flooding. On Thursday September 18, at a. Deputy Hollis radioed from her patrol unit that she was on Fritz Hughes Road and her vehicle had been taken by the water. Seconds later using her handheld radio, Deputy Hollis radioed that she believed she was over the bridge and was trying to get to a tree.
At that time, deputies observed over a foot of swift water rushing over the roadway. Deputy Hollis's nearly submerged patrol unit was found minutes later resting on a large boulder in the creek.
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The vehicle's key was in the on position, the front passenger window was open and windshield wipers had stopped in the up position. On Friday September 19, search efforts continued from a. Travis County Dive Team members brought Deputy Hollis to the bank where she was carried to a level area. On the night of Feb. Ruiz was assigned to breach the front door of the residence along with his partner, when the suspect in the investigation began firing pistol shots through the door at the entry team. Deputy Ruiz was struck in the upper arm just below his tactical vest.
Deputy Ruiz was mortally wounded and died a short time later at Brackenridge Hospital. The gunman stood trial, was convicted of Capital Murder and sentenced to life in prison. On the evening of Feb.
Highway and Burleson Road when he noticed a suspicious parked vehicle. Unbeknownst to Deputy Lacey, the suspect in this case had just kidnapped an Austin woman at gunpoint, forced her into her car and then drove her to the roadside area where he was in the act of sexually assaulting the woman when Deputy Lacey pulled in behind the vehicle to investigate. As Deputy Lacey approached the vehicle, the suspect fired one shot with a.
The bullet struck Deputy Lacey in the throat and rendered him unconscious. Passing motorists stopped and administered life saving First Aid.
As a result of the shooting, Deputy Lacey suffered paralysis from his neck down. Throughout the next 18 months Deputy Lacey underwent numerous medical procedures. He never recovered from his paralysis caused and died from wound complications in November Deputy Lacey is survived by his wife, Erica. The morning of Feb. The suspect named in the warrant had locked himself in a rear bedroom of the home and refused to surrender. The suspect fired in excess of 20 rounds from a M Deputy Berry was shot through the heart and died at the scene. Deputy Eckert was seriously wounded in his lower leg but was able to return fire, striking the suspect in the hand, which ended the gun battle.
Deputy Eckert, bleeding to death, was able to crawl to a nearby residence for help. As a result of the shooting, Deputy Eckert injuries were so egregious that they ended his law enforcement career. The suspect in this case was captured in a field off of Springdale Road after a massive search. The suspect stood trial and was sentenced to life in prison. Deputy Lemuel Duncan had been a deputy sheriff for only 29 days when he was killed on the night of September 23, Deputy Duncan responded to the scene and was met by the suspect leaving the bar, armed with a rifle.
Deputy Duncan tried to apprehend the fleeing suspect who the bartender had witnessed shooting and killing the bar owner. The suspect used his rifle as a club and struck Deputy Duncan in the head causing Duncan to fall to the ground. The suspect then disarmed Duncan of his revolver and shot him through the heart, killing him.
The suspect fled into what is now Westlake Hills. An Austin City Marshal captured the man, the next day. He stood trial, was convicted and sentenced to 99 years in prison for the murder of the bar owner. In a miscarriage of justice, the suspect was never tried for the murder of Deputy Lemuel Duncan. Duncan left behind a wife and several children. During an arson investigation of the Eanes Schoolhouse, Deputy Moore discovered that the McNeil brothers had written a letter to the Travis County Sheriff confessing to the schoolhouse arson and expressing their desire to surrender.
In this letter, the McNeils warned the Sheriff not to send Deputy Moore as they would kill him if he tried to apprehend them. Deputy Moore a former Texas Ranger , married to the Eanes schoolteacher who was the victim of the arson, by happenstance intercepted this letter. Deputy Moore took this warning as a threat and personal challenge. The two lawmen camped overnight. Early the next morning, the two officers approached the McNeil cabin and tried to gain entry. Old man McNeil held the officers at bay with a rifle. A shotgun blast from behind the door cut Deputy Moore down and he died instantly.
The man, Thomas Young, was hanged for the brutal torture killing of a year-old girl. Young did not confirm nor deny killing Deputy Moore. No arrest was ever made in the case. During the shootout, Williamson County Deputy Sheriff Grimes was shot and killed before he could fire a shot. Deputy Moore was also critically wounded with a through and through gunshot wound to his chest. Deputy Moore was able to return fire and wound Bass who was found the next day and later died from his wounds.
The PIO also works with two paralegals who handle the many open records requests made by the public. The Texas Public Information Act guarantees the public access to information maintained by a governmental entity. It is the policy of this Office to provide the greatest access possible to public information. Your request for information is made under the Texas Public Information Act. You can refer to the requirements and guidelines HERE. Requests for information must be made in writing. Requests must be made by either:. Electronic requests will be accepted ONLY if they are sent to the designated email of tcsor traviscountytx.
Hand deliver requests to: Airport Blvd. The public information officer is the communications coordinator and spokesman for the Sheriff's Office, providing information to the public and the media as required by law.