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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I served with Woody in Viet Nam. We called him Woody. We were MPs in the 101 MP Company 101st Airborne. Woody was an exceptional Military Police Officer. Super dedicated, unwavering in his devotion to his country, his job and his fellow brothers in arms. I remember talking to him about what he wanted to do when he made it home from Nam. His answer was “He wanted to be a Texas Ranger”. Woody I will never forget you brother. You were the best. I’m sure I’ll see you again. Rest in our Saviors hands.

Specialist 4th class Dean Duhl
United States Army 101st MP Company 101st Airborne Viet Nam

January 18, 2024

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