Captain Harry Phoenix

Captain Harry Phoenix

El Paso Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Monday, June 13, 1921

Harry Phoenix

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.

Bio

  • Age 37
  • Tour 10 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Never apprehended

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Rest in Peace Captain Harry Phoenix. Thank You for your Service and Sacrifice protecting the citizens of El Paso, Texas.

I Pray for Peace for your ancestors. I also Pray that the hounds of hell are gnawing on the scum responsible for your murder. May their screams of anguish rise up from the lake of fire to warn other evil doers of their impending fate.

Amen.

Senior Special Agent B.L. Sherwood (Ret)
Port Terminal Railroad Police Houston, TX

June 15, 2016

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