Lieutenant Edward Lee Worrell

Lieutenant Edward Lee Worrell

Texarkana Police Department, Arkansas

End of Watch Thursday, February 3, 1977

Edward Lee Worrell

Lieutenant Worrell was shot and killed when he and another officer arrived on the scene of a burglary in progress at a store on North Stateline Avenue. As the officers exited their vehicle they were ambushed by a juvenile suspect with a rifle who was standing watch in the parking lot while his two accomplices robbed the store. Both officers were struck by gunfire and Lieutenant Worrell was fatally wounded. All three suspects were apprehended.

The shooter was sentenced to life in prison but the two accomplices were sentenced to only 9 years. The shooter has been denied parole three times since the murder and was up for parole for a fourth time in November 2004.

Lieutenant Worrell was survived by his expectant wife and two sons. His daughter was born the following September.


  • Age 28
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge 112

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle; .30-.30
  • Offender Sentenced to life

Most Recent Reflection

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Lt. Worrell... You are remembered as is the ambush that took you from us. That incident and attack changed a lot of things for the rest of Law Enforcement. A lot of new training and safety issues were instigated as a direct result of your murder and this ambush. The level of officer training and survival tactics were and are now a major part of law enforcement. I want to state how much we respect your memory and want to thank you for your service, heroism and sacrifice to the law enforcement community as a whole, your department and citizens of Texarkana, Arkansas ( and Texas side also)

Capt. Retired Paul "Steve" Watson
DeQueen Police Department (ptlm Jacksonville AR. PD on 2/3/1977)

February 8, 2018

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