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Brown County sheriff remembers deputy killed in Permian Basin shooting incident

By Betty Nguyen, bnguyen@ktxs.com
Published On: Dec 24 2013 08:47:51 AM CST
Updated On: Oct 04 2013 12:24:46 PM CDT
BROWNWOOD, Texas -

The death of an Upton County deputy has left an impact on deputies at the Brown County Sheriff’s Office.

Billy "Bubba" Kennedy, 38, was shot and killed around 11:15 p.m. Wednesday night when he responded to an incident at a Stripes convenience store in McCamey, which is south of the Odessa.

Kennedy worked at the Brown County Sheriff’s Office from March 6, 2006 to Dec. 31, 2009. Sheriff Bobby Grubbs said Kennedy was hired as a canine officer. 

"He had a great personality. He worked well with all of the deputies," Grubbs said. "He did us a great job and he was a pleasure to us. He was the type of officer we didn't want to lose to another job."

Grubbs said he and his deputies were shocked when they heard news of Kennedy’s death Thursday morning. He said it is a reminder of how dangerous the field of law enforcement can be. 

"Of course in our occupation, we always know it can happen but that doesn't alleviate what we're feeling. When it does happen, it hits close to home. It happens a lot, but when it's people you know, it hurts," Grubbs said.

Grubbs also described Kennedy as a good family man. Kennedy leaves behind a wife and two sons.