Heck Tate is the sheriff of Maycomb County.
In the storyEdit
Heck Tate must indirectly tell Atticus to reveal the fact that he is an expert with firearms. Atticus is asked to shoot a rabid dog before it can do any harm. Atticus does not shoot often in fear of killing a mockingbird, a symbol of innocence.
At the end of the novel, after Boo Radley has rescued Atticus' children (Jem and Scout) from a murder, Tate comes up with a story to tell Atticus in order to protect Radley. He is described as being as tall as Atticus but a little bit thinner. He also always wears boots and boot-cut pants with a belt of bullets.