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Officer Robert William Wood | Dallas Police Department, Texas Dallas Police Department, Texas


Robert William Wood

Dallas Police Department, Texas

End of Watch: Sunday, November 28, 1976

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 27

Tour: 2 years

Badge # 3641

Military veteran

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; .22 caliber

Offender: Executed in 2004

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Officer Robert W. Wood was shot and killed after he and his partner stopped the driver of a vehicle for driving with no headlights. 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 the unrelated murder on June 30, 2004.

Officer Wood had served with the Dallas Police Department for two years and was a veteran of the Vietnam War. He is survived by his wife and is buried at Carson Cemetery in Ector, Texas.

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I had the pleasure of meeting Robert Wood at the Britain Way Apartments where he lived. Back in 1976, I was 13 years old. Sometimes my friends and I would play ball in a vacant field next to the apartments and sometimes, when Mr. Wood would get off work, he would hit the ball to me and my friend.s. We all looked up at him.He was our role model. He was always smiling and was a good person. He will always be remembered by me. RIP Mr. Robert Wood.

Educator- Ruben
Remembering a Good Person
June 18, 2017


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