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Officer John Glenn Chase | Dallas Police Department, Texas Dallas Police Department, Texas

Officer

John Glenn Chase

Dallas Police Department, Texas

End of Watch: Saturday, January 23, 1988

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 25

Tour: 2 years, 6 months

Badge # 5231

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Officer's handgun

Offender: Shot and killed

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Officer John Glenn Chase was shot and killed by a man who seized his service revolver.

Officer Chase was preparing to issue a traffic ticket to the driver of a vehicle he stopped at 8:40 AM. A homeless man approached and seized the officer’s service revolver. As Officer Chase pleaded for his life, a crowd gathered and began to chant, "Shoot him! Shoot him again!" The attacker shot Officer Chase in the head. He turned and walked down the street, dangling the gun from his hand before two off-duty officers shot him.

Officer Chase had served with the Dallas Police Department for 2-1/2 years. He was survived by his wife, parents, and brother.

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I am just an ordinary citizen with no other affiliation to the Dallas Police Dept. I will never forget the death of this fine young man. It broke my heart to hear the circumstances of his death at the time and still pops in my memory from time to time (like now). Say thank you to a policeman the next time you get a chance.

Cary Bell
April 7, 2016

 

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