CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — The funeral services have been announced for Kingsville Officer Sherman Benys, who died of wounds suffered while being shot in the line of duty Monday.
The visitation service for Sr. Patrolman Sherman Otto Benys Jr. will be Monday Nov. 8 from 10 a.m.-9 p.m. with rosary starting at 6:30 p.m. at St. Gertrude the Great Catholic Church in Kingsville. The funeral service will be Tuesday Nov. 9 at 11 a.m. at St. Gertrude the Great Catholic Church in Kingsville.
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 Hospital-Shoreline in Corpus Christi.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott gave approval for flags to be flown at half-staff in Kleberg county.
"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, Vicky; daughters Breanne and Bailey; and his son Benjamin.