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

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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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I was a rookie officer with the City of Burleson, Texas at the time. After getting off shift, I drove to a gun show in downtown Dallas to buy a S&W Model 65 as a new duty gun. I ended up driving near the crime scene and only learned of the details once inside the gun show. The manner in which Glenn was killed, and the people at the bus stop who egged his killer on, really bothered me. I attended Glenn's funeral, which I remember was well attended and very moving. I still think about Glenn when I see that Model 65, which I still have.

CPL Craig Driskell (Reserve)
Dalworthington Gardens DPS
April 15, 2015

 

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