Matthew J. Atkinson ( read )
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sergeant David M. Furrh
Gonzales County Sheriff Matthew Atkinson, along with several of his deputies, was honored and privileged to join the Furrh family at the dedication of a portion of State Highway 95 north of Shiner in honor of Gonzales County Sheriff’s Office Sergeant David M. Furrh. Also attending the dedication, was Gonzales County JP4 Judge Darryl Becker and numerous law enforcement officers and first responders from surrounding agencies. District 18 State Senator Lois Kolkhorst, who sponsored the Senate Resolution honoring Sergeant Furrh, was also present.
Sergeant Furrh was shot and killed on December 6, 2000 while participating in the execution of a search warrant on a home in a neighboring county. As the officers approached the residence, the suspect inside stuck a .38 caliber handgun through a crack in the front door and fired approximately five rounds, striking Sergeant Furrh, who was not wearing a vest. The suspect, who had twice served jail time for two separate murders, was taken into custody at the scene. The man was sentenced to three life sentences plus 20 years.
Sergeant Furrh had served in law enforcement for 17 years and had been employed with the Gonzales County Sheriff's Department for four years. He was survived by his wife, three children, parents and two sisters.