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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

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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In 1984, I was a patrol officer for the City of Moline, IL, and my wife and I bought a new house and moved in. As luck would have it, it was next door to John's parents, Bill and Anne. John had grown up there, and was away at college, but whenever he came home, we had talks about "cop work" and how he wanted to have a career in law enforcement. Bill talked about John all the time, and he was so proud when John was hired at Dallas Police Department. John's death, and the manner in which it happened, was a tragedy on so many levels. I attended his funeral in Des Moines, and even though I never had the opportunity to work with John, his death affected me deeply--as it has affected so many others. Rest in peace, my friend.

Officer (Ret) Darryl Brass
Moline (IL) Police Department
May 9, 2015


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