KINGSVILLE, Texas — Kingsville city officials have announced that the body of fallen Kingsville police officer Sherman Benys is being transported home to Kingsville.
Officer Benys is being escorted by multiple law enforcement agencies from the Medical Examners Officer in Corpus Christi to Kingsville's Turcotte Piper Mortuary.
They will go from I-37 to Calallen then South on 77 through Robstown and into Driscoll and Bishop. They will then turn on King Street and pass the Kingsville Police Department to 14th street until they reach Turcotte Piper Mortuary.
Kingsville Police Department officer Sherman Benys has died of wounds suffered in a shooting Monday in the line of duty.
The death of the 19-year veteran policeman was announced in a social media post from Nueces County Precinct Five Constable Facebook page and confirmed by the Kingsville Police Department.
Kingsville police said Sherman Otto Benys Jr. died during the early morning hours at Christus Spohn Memorial Shoreline Hospital in Corpus Christi.
Kleberg County Judge Rudy Madrid has ordered flags at half-staff in his county and is requesting Texas Governor Greg Abbott to order the same for the state.
"It is with a saddened heart that I ask you to join Kleberg County in sending our most heartfelt condolences to both the family of Officer Sherman Benys -and- to the Kingsville Police Department," said Madrid. "These outstanding individuals put their lives on the line each and every day to ensure the safety of our community. Officer Benys gave his life in the "Line of Duty" to save another. He is True American! God Bless Him and His Entire Family! Let it be known that I am hereby ordering the lowering of our flags to half-mast in his honor. Furthermore, I am respectfully requesting the governor to order all flags across the state of Texas be lowered as well."
Benys had been hospitalized in intensive care after being shot. His accused shooter is in jail after his arrest.
Kingsville police say Benys was shot around 5:09 p.m. Monday after an apparent domestic dispute in the 300 block of North Wanda Drive in Kingsville. Several officers responded to the call, and while there, Benys was shot.
The suspect, 40-year-old Alfredo Deleon, is currently held in Kleberg County Jail without bond. Deleon has been charged with three counts of Capital Murder of a police man or firemen-inchoate.
Benys is survived by his wife, Vicki; daughters Breanne and Bailey; and his son Benjamin; and his mother, Joan Benys.
Information about Benys' funeral arrangements are pending.