Officer Robert Henderson Shipp

Officer Robert Henderson Shipp

Dallas Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Tuesday, January 13, 1970

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Robert Henderson Shipp

Officer Robert Shipp was shot and killed after he and his partner stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation in the 1900 block of Akron Street..

The driver of the vehicle exited and began to flee with Officer Shipp's partner in pursuit. The man was able to gain control of the partner's weapon and shot Officer Shipp in the side. His partner grabbed Officer Shipp's weapon and returned fire, killing the suspect.

Officer Shipp had been with the Dallas Police Department for over one year. He was survived by his wife.


  • Age 21
  • Tour 1 year, 4 months
  • Badge 2624

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Shot and killed

traffic stop, foot pursuit

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I only knew him as Bobby Shipp. We were in Cub Scouts together. I remember "sleepovers" at his house and mine except they were not titled "sleepovers", just spending the night. I think we did those to get an early start on playing the next day. Bobby loved to go to the railroad track close to his house near Urban Park Elementary. He liked to leave pennies on the steel train tracks to crush them flat. Gosh, how he hated waiting for the next train. I guess neither one of us knew there were actually train schedules. Most of the time we couldn't find the penny afterwards. I suggested we use a quarter, it should be easier to find later. He was afraid it might derail the train but it really did not matter-we didn't have a quarter anyway. Bobby was the 1st person my age to die. Stupid me-I did not realize somebody our age could die.

Steve Kirk
childhood friend

February 19, 2021

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