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


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

Incident Date: 1/23/1988

Weapon: Officer's handgun

Suspect: 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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On the day of this incident. I was a police officer (Lt) with the Dallas County Comunity College Police. (DCCCD) Crimal Invesgation Divison. About 5 to 10 minutes before this happen. I was at El Centro College. I was returing some stolen property that I had recovers from a local pawn shop. If I had stayed a the colleg 5 or 10 min. longer, I would have been a witness to this incidend. I was driving west in commerce st. In front of the county jail and justice center. Went I heard the call of a officer down. I made a u turn and arived at the location. I hit the ground with my M-16. I was ready for war. The suspect was down at that time. He had been shot by off duty officer working off duty in the area. I rember seeing the officer's body on the street. I had many bad dreams about that day. A local TV station was showing live coverage from the area. They showed my marked patrol unit live on TV. My mother seen it and she went wild. My pager was going wild. She called my dispatcher and the Dallas PD dispatcher. I got to a phone and called her.

Joe Lt.
Dallas County College Police (CID)
November 16, 2014


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