Sutherland Springs, Texas

Sutherland Springs, Texas
Unincorporated community
Historic building in Sutherland Springs
Historic building in Sutherland Springs
Coordinates: 29°16′24″N 98°03′24″W / 29°16′24″N 98°03′24″W / 29.27333; -98.05667
CountryUnited States
Founded byJohn Sutherland
Elevation[1]469 ft (143 m)
Population (2017)
 • Total600
Time zoneUTC-6 (CST)
ZIP code78161
WebsiteHandbook of Texas

Sutherland Springs is an unincorporated community located on the old Spanish land grant of Manuel Tarin in northern Wilson County, Texas, United States. It is located on U.S. Highway 87 at the intersection of Farm Road 539, about 21 miles (34 km) east of downtown San Antonio.


Texas Historical Commission marker, Linne Oil Field

Sutherland Springs was platted in 1854, and named after John Sutherland Jr., a pioneer citizen.[2] A post office has been in operation at Sutherland Springs since 1851.[3]

2017 shooting

On November 5, 2017, Devin Patrick Kelley shot and killed 26 people and injured 20 at the community's First Baptist Church. Kelley died shortly afterwards, having crashed his car while being pursued by a church neighbor. He had a gunshot wound the sheriff's department described as self-inflicted. It is the deadliest mass shooting in Texas history.[4]