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.


  • 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 have never forgotten this awful awful tragedy of a young life gone in the service of us. So young. What a sad day it was and the brutality of the crowd edging on the act was another tragedy itself for Dallas. I never met Ofc Chase yet have never forgotten his name. I hope God’s Grace saves the souls of that evil crowd of that day. Until then may they find lil rest of conscious.

Bill Morse
Country Boy then New to the City who Cannot Forget

April 16, 2021

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