Officer John Glenn Chase

Officer John Glenn Chase

Dallas Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Saturday, January 23, 1988

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John Glenn Chase

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.

Bio

  • Age 25
  • Tour 2 years, 6 months
  • Badge 5231

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Shot and killed

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I had left a reflection about 14 years ago regarding Officer Chase, citing my memories of his brutal and senseless murder. I was 18 years old in 1988 when Officer Chase was senselessly and brutally murdered, a senior in high school and even back then, a police hopeful with the naïve belief that even though police work is dangerous, people are generally and overall good, many of them just make bad decisions. I remember this news story of course for the sadness of a police officer, a husband, a son, a sibling, etc., senselessly losing his life, but also for the absolute shock of the callousness and evilness of the people who not only stood by and watched, but who so cold heartedly encouraged the killer to shoot, and to shoot, and shoot again. To this day, 32.5 years later, the sadness, the anger and the nauseating feeling I get when I think of this is every bit as strong as it was back then. I have always been a frequent visitor of the ODMP web page, as it is truly and amazing web site to honor amazing men and women. But as is the case with most things in life, my frequency in visiting the site has a tendency to diminish at times due to work and personal obligations, but I sporadically revisit off and on as it is truly is, as I just mentioned, an amazing web site.

In light of recent events and the way things have been portrayed by what I believe to be a very biased media, I decided that instead of focusing on news outlets and newspapers my time would be better served to spend time visiting ODMP yet again. As I mentioned, this site honors truly amazing men and women, and Officer Chase, you my friend are certainly one of those men. As I visit, remember and honor you today, I could not help but to be engrossed in a reflection left by Officer David Butler which I thought was amazing. That reflection lead me to an article commemorating the 30th "anniversary" of your death and some of the quotes by Officer Dan Hebert in that article, not to mention his reflections also, and of course the numerous reflections left by other Dallas officers.

This incident will never, ever make sense to me. But, your actions that day and your sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten nor will the all of the amazing men and women of the Dallas Police Department. Men and women who currently serve and who have served in the past, and obviously the amazing men and women who have give their lives in the name of public safety. Rest in peace always sir and thank you again for your service.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven RizzoDelaware State Police (Retired)

June 24, 2020

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