Officer Robert William Wood

Officer Robert William Wood

Dallas Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Sunday, November 28, 1976

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Robert William Wood

Officer Robert W. Wood was shot and killed after he and his partner stopped the driver of a vehicle for driving with no headlights in the 3400 block of North Hampton Road. As Officer Wood approached the vehicle, he was shot five times.

A suspect was arrested and sentenced to death for Officer Wood's murder. However, the sentence was overturned 12 years later, and the suspect was released. Another suspect, who had testified against the first as a state's witness, was convicted of an unrelated murder and sentenced to death. Although he had never admitted to Officer Wood's murder, he had provided information about the case to detectives and remained a prime suspect. He was executed for an unrelated murder on June 30, 2004.

Officer Wood was a United States Army Vietnam War veteran and had served with the Dallas Police Department for two years. He was survived by his wife.

He is buried at Carson Cemetery in Ector, Texas.


  • Age 27
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge 3641
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .22 caliber
  • Offender Executed in 2004

traffic stop

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Wow,I just watched a documentary about you on 4-21-2024. I am very proud of you may God Bless you,Thank you for everything you have done for country and community .See you in Heaven.

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April 21, 2024

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