Waller County Sheriff dies after suffering apparent heart attack, officials say

'This comes as a huge shock to all of us here with the county.'

R. Glenn Smith, image courtesy of the Sheriff's Association of Texas. (Copyright 2020 by KSAT - All rights reserved.)

WALLER COUNTY, TX – Waller County Judge Carbett Trey Duhon confirmed Saturday that Waller County Sheriff R. Glenn Smith died after suffering an apparent heart attack.

Statement from Waller County regarding the sudden passing of Waller County Sheriff R. Glenn Smith

Posted by Trey Duhon - Waller County Judge on Saturday, August 1, 2020

According to Duhon’s statement posted on social media, Smith has served as the sheriff for 12 years and was in law enforcement for 43 years.

“Sheriff Smith cared deeply for all of the citizens of our county and the employees under his care,” Duhon said in a statement. “This comes as a huge shock to all of us here with the county, and our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this time.”

Flags in Waller County are ordered to be flown at half-staff for the next 30 days in Waller County in honor of Smith’s service to his community, officials said.

According to Duhon, funeral services for Smith will be handled by the Cannon Funeral Home in Waller and announcements regarding funeral arrangements will be made when details become available.

Other law enforcement agencies took to social media on Saturday to offer their condolences to the WCSO and Smith’s family.

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Jakob Rodriguez is a digital journalist at KSAT 12. He's a graduate of Texas State University, where he served as the editor-in-chief of the student-run newspaper, The University Star.