Sergeant Michael O. Poe

Sergeant Michael O. Poe

Duncanville Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Monday, December 3, 1979

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Michael O. Poe

Sergeant Poe and Officer Roger Hobden were killed when their patrol car was struck head-on by a vehicle fleeing Dallas police officers. Sergeant Poe and Officer Hobden were en route to assist the Dallas officers and were driving eastbound on East Wheatland Road when the suspect's car, travelling at an estimated 100 mph without headlights on, struck their patrol car head-on. The vehicles exploded upon impact and both officers were killed instantly.

Sergeant Poe had been with the agency for 3 years.


  • Age 30
  • Tour 3 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicle pursuit
  • Weapon Automobile
  • Offender Not available

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I was working as a detective with the Duncanville P.D. on the night that Sgt. Michael Poe and Ofc. Roger Hobden were killed. I remember it as if it was yesterday; I had trained Hobden for two weeks prior to that day. I attempted both funerals and it made a permanent impression on my life. Sgt. Poe was an outstanding Officer and true friend!

Retired Chief of Police
Pinehurst Police Department

October 4, 2018

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