SCSO seeking public assistance with case
SCSO seeking public assistance with case
Leah Chase - Monday, March 26, 2018

In the early morning hours of March 10, 2018, the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) received a call of a burglary and stolen vehicle.

Officers met with the complainant who advised he had arrived at his residence to find it had been burglarized and his vehicle taken. The suspect(s) rummaged through the residence and forced open a Brinks safe and took $2,000 in cash and two Austin State Bank checkbooks. After burglarizing the residence, the suspect(s) left in a 2017 Dodge Ram 1500 belonging to the complainant.

Later during the day of March 10, the vehicle in question was recovered in the Timpson area. The vehicle was heavily damaged and some parts were stripped off. Several items were missing from the vehicle including cash, multiple hand tools, power tools and two guns – a Smith & Wesson .380 caliber pistol and a Remington Model 48 20 gauge shotgun.

The SCSO is asking for assistance from the public regarding this case. Please call 936-598-5601 if you have any information


SCSO accepting applications
SCSO accepting applications
Leah Chase - Monday, March 26, 2018

The Shelby County Sheriff's Office is looking for positive, professional, mature, enthusiastic, flexible and responsible individuals interested in becoming a part-time dispatcher. Applicants must be 18 years of age; have a high school diploma, valid drivers license and social security card. Applicants must pass a background check. Applications can be picked up at the SCSO located at 100 Hurst Street in Center. NO PHONE CALLS please.At the SCSO, we welcome and celebrate the diversity of our employees. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer. 

Traffic stop leads to arrest
Traffic stop leads to arrest
Leah Chase - Monday, March 19, 2018

Leah Chase, SCSO Media Relations 

SCSO responds to critical incident
Leah Chase - Thursday, March 08, 2018

On March 6, deputies with the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) responded to a report of a hostage situation on County Road 2798 in Shelbyville.

The preliminary investigation indicates SCSO deputies responded to the residence of the reported hostage situation at approximately 10:04 p.m.

A male suspect reportedly exited the residence displaying a firearm and was shot by law enforcement after the suspect refused to comply with verbal commands to drop the weapon.

The suspect, Louis Troy Risinger, 70, was pronounced deceased at the scene by a Shelby County Justice of the Peace.

The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Texas Rangers were notified and are assisting with the investigation.

This incident remains under investigation. No additional information is available at this time.


Local residents urged to join Sheriffs' Association
Local residents urged to join Sheriffs' Association
Leah Chase - Tuesday, March 06, 2018

Responding to the increasing number of people wanting to assist law enforcement officials and build a stronger partnership in the fight against crime, Sheriff Willis Blackwell invites Shelby County residents to become Associate Members of the Sheriffs’ Association of Texas.

Membership appeals will go out in the mail shortly. Individuals choosing to join the voluntary program can do so for as little as $25, while businesses can show their support beginning at a $100 contribution level. The funding provides critically important technical resources, training, and legislative support on key criminal justice issues.

Contributions are tax deductible, and unlike any organization in our state, the Membership program does not solicit membership by telephone.

“With government funding becoming increasingly difficult to secure, the membership drive has taken on greater importance than ever before,” said Sheriff Blackwell. “The funding is vital to help us carry out our mission of making communities safer places to live, work and play.”

The Program is committed to its “No Telemarketing” policy and only sends invitations to citizens to become members by mail. Individuals that do not receive a membership appeal and would like more information can do so by contacting the Sheriff’s Association of Texas; 1601 S. Interstate 35; Austin, Texas 78741-2503; or by phone at 512-445-5888. Information is also available online at

The membership program was formed to provide citizens with an opportunity to lend their support to more effective law enforcement and to help local law enforcement officers protect the lives and property of citizens.

As the need for building stronger public-private law enforcement partnerships in this country continues to escalate, programs such as this continue to grow in importance,” said Sheriff Blackwell. “I encourage everyone receiving a membership appeal to consider joining forces with us by becoming an Associate Member. It is a valuable investment in the future.”


Gilchrist arrested on assault charges
Gilchrist arrested on assault charges
Leah Chase - Friday, March 02, 2018

On March 1 at approximately 11:55 p.m., Shelby County Sheriff’s Office Deputies were dispatched to a residence on CR 1012 in Center in reference to an assault.

Once on scene, deputies made contact with a white female who stated her husband, identified as George Randall Gilchrist, 32, of Center, arrived home at approximately 10:30 p.m. intoxicated.

The female stated an argument ensued between the two which resulted in her being assaulted. Deputies searched the residence and were unable to locate Gilchrist.

On March 2, warrants were issued for Gilchrist and he was arrested at a residence on CR 1005.

Gilchrist was book into the Shelby County Jail and charged with Abandoning/Endangering a Child (SJF); Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon (F-2); Assault Family Violence Impeding Breath/Circulation (F-3); Unlawful Restraint (F-3); Terroristic Threat of Family/Household (M-A); InterfereW/Emergency Call (M-A); and Deadly Conduct (M-A).