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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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John was my Cousin, I will NEVER forget him. The day we traveled to Dallas for the funeral I was stunned at all the cars with their lights on and the signs showing their support. All the many Officers paying their respects at the funeral, from Texas and from Oklahoma also. After the funeral, an escort was provided the family, his parents were going to the airport with his body to fly back home for burial. We advised some of the escorts we would be heading North on I35. The entire way was blocked off to regular traffic which was very eery. When we were within a quarter mile of the turn off. The escorts pulled ahead of us as we headed North. I have never in my life experienced the caring and outflow of love we all felt that day. Thank you Dallas for making a very sad day bearable.

Mary Zachary Sayre
February 4, 2016


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