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Officer Theodore Alonzo Tedford | Dallas Police Department, Texas Dallas Police Department, Texas


Theodore Alonzo Tedford

Dallas Police Department, Texas

End of Watch: Sunday, July 28, 1912

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 41

Tour: 7 years, 4 months

Badge # 98

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Shot and killed

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Officer Theodore Tedford was shot and killed after being sent to a disturbance call while on mounted patrol. When he arrived on the scene the suspect opened fire, striking him in the side. After falling off of his horse the suspect shot him again before fleeing.

Four days later the suspect shot and killed Red River County Sheriff Charles Stephens who was on a posse trying to arrest the killer. The man was chased for several miles before being killed by the posse.

Officer Tedford had served with the agency for seven years. He was survived by his wife and three sons.

Officer Tedford's brother, Alex, was killed in the line of duty 15 years later while serving with the Dallas Police Department.

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Related Line of Duty Deaths

Sheriff Charles Stephens
Red River County Sheriff's Department, Texas
End of Watch: Tuesday, July 30, 1912
Cause: Gunfire

Officer Alexander W. Tedford
Dallas Police Department, Texas
End of Watch: Monday, December 26, 1927
Cause: Duty related illness

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Rest in Peace Officer Theodore Alonzo Tedford. Thank You for your Service and Sacrifice protecting the citizens of Dallas, Texas.

I Pray for Peace for your Family, Ancestors and those brave souls who have chosen to follow in your foot steps protecting the public. I also Pray that the thug who murdered you is rotting in hell.


Senior Special Agent B.L. Sherwood (Ret)
Port Terminal Railroad Police Houston, TX
August 4, 2016


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