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Captain Harry Phoenix | El Paso Police Department, Texas El Paso Police Department, Texas

Captain

Harry Phoenix

El Paso Police Department, Texas

End of Watch: Monday, June 13, 1921

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 37

Tour: 10 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 6/13/1921

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Suspect: Never apprehended

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Captain Phoenix was shot and killed while he and two other officers questioned two suspicious men. When the officers attempted to arrest the men a gun battle ensued and Captain Phoenix shot in the head and killed instantly.

Sergeant Schuyler Houston also sustained serious gunshot wounds in the shootout. Despite serious wounds and frequent trips to the hospital, Sergeant Houston remained with the police department and was promoted to captain. He eventually succumbed to the wounds on October 4, 1927.

The two suspects fled to Mexico and were never apprehended.

Captain Phoenix had served with the agency for 10 years. He was survived by his wife and 12-year-old daughter.

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Captain Schuyler C. Houston
El Paso Police Department, Texas
End of Watch: Tuesday, October 4, 1927
Cause: Gunfire

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To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 91rst anniversary year of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered. Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05
November 19, 2012

 

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