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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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I still remember riding with you as a new Accident Investigator. I remember where I was when I heard of your untimely death. Barbara and Terri time does not stop the hurt that you and your family endured. May God grant you a special peace.

Joe Willis
Special Prosecution Unit-Retired
October 12, 2017


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