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Officer Willis Wood Dallas Police Department, Texas

Officer

Willis Wood "Johnny" Sides

Dallas Police Department, Texas

End of Watch: Wednesday, February 7, 1951

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 22

Tour: 3 months

Badge # 337

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 1/22/1951

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Two executed

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Officer Johnny Sides was shot and killed after he and his partner stopped a vehicle for running a red light. As they approached the vehicle the four men opened fire on them, killing Officer Sides and wounding his partner. The suspects were arrested two days later in Arkansas. They were wanted for the 1950 shooting of Mississippi Department of Public Safety Officer E.J. Grisham. Two of the suspects were executed and two were sentenced to life.

Officer Sides had been with the agency for three months and was survived by his parents, brother, and two sisters.

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My father, Sgt. E.C. Duncan was one of Officer Sides instructors at the Police Academy. I remember how upset he was when Officer Sides was murdered even though I was only 5 at the time.

Anne Duncan Johnson
November 25, 2014

Anne Duncan Johnson
Daughter of Sgt.
November 26, 2014

 

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