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Officer John R. Pasco | Dallas Police Department, Texas Dallas Police Department, Texas


John R. Pasco

Dallas Police Department, Texas

End of Watch: Sunday, January 16, 1983

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 27

Tour: 1 year, 7 months

Badge # 4545

Military veteran

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; .25 caliber

Offender: Executed in 1993

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Officer John Pasco was shot and killed during a foot chase. He had observed the suspect shooting a handgun into the air and request backup as he began a foot chase. During the chase the suspect turned and shot him in the head. Officer Pasco had arrested the same man ten months earlier for possessing a gun.

The suspect was convicted and sentenced to death and executed on March 25, 1993.

Officer Pasco was a U.S Air Force veteran and had served with the Dallas Police Department for one and a half years. He was survived by his parents.

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Dear Officer John Pasco, #4545,

I remember the tragic day you were Killed in the Line of Duty, Sunday, January 16, 1983, as if it were yesterday. We worked the same Beat (156). I was on Field Training on 2nd Watch, and you were assigned to Beat-156 on Third Watch. At 3:30 P.M., I handed you the keys assigned to our Beat's (156) Police vehicle and you were shot and killed by the suspect less than two hours later.

I carry your LODD Remembrance Honor Coin with me every day. Thank you for the Honor of having worked with you.

Thank you for your Service and Sacrifice to our City of Dallas, the State of Texas, and our great Country, the United States of America.

May God richly bless and keep your family and loved ones close to His heart. I am thankful that you are Resting eternally In Peace in your Heavenly Home.

Sergeant of Police (Retired) (1982-2008)
Dallas Police Department, Dallas, Texas
September 12, 2017


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