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Police Officer Richard H. Calhoun | Houston Police Department, Texas Houston Police Department, Texas

Police Officer

Richard H. Calhoun

Houston Police Department, Texas

End of Watch: Friday, October 10, 1975

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 34

Tour: 5 years

Badge # 2414

Military veteran

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Shotgun

Offender: Killed during standoff

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Officer Richard Calhoun was shot and killed while he and other officers attempted to apprehend three prison escapees in a home near the Houston Ship Channel Bridge. The inmates had escaped from a state prison farm near Sugar Land.

He and other officers had entered the home and discovered one of the escapees dead in a downstairs area of the home. As Officer Calhoun reached the top of the stairs on the second level, one of the other escapees suddenly appeared and opened fire with a sawed off shotgun, killing him. The other officers were able to pull Officer Calhoun from the home.

The home ignited when tear gas was fired into it during the ensuing standoff. All of the remaining escapees were killed in the fire.

Officer Calhoun was a U.S. Navy veteran and had served with the Houston Police Department for five years. He is survived by his wife and three children.

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Dad, it is National Police Officer Memorial Week and I just wanted to say once again I love you and I miss you.

To everyone coming here to share their stories, thank you so very much! I am so glad my father is remembered.

Daughter of Richard H. Calhoun EOW 10/10/1975
May 15, 2016


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