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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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This was a day of deep sorrow that lives in infamy in my mind. My sister, brother in law, and husband were all Dallas Police officers at the time. Since I was with my husband, I saw how this officer's tragic death affected him. He was working at the north precinct that day. After he heard about this incident, it was understandably hard to go about his work as usual. That evening he told me that a thug he was arresting was giving him a hard time about getting in the police car, so he slammed the thug against the car and said, "We've already lost one officer today and we're not losing another one!" That evening we were eating dinner and my husband said, "look, we're here at home eating our dinner and Officer Chase is laying on a slab in a morgue," The forks went down. Neither one of us had an appetite anyway. That was the night he decided to move from Dallas. I agreed and moved with him but the memory has never left. I still remember seeing Officer Chase's wife on the news saying, "when I think about what happened, it tears me up. I had my life all planned out. Now I just don't know." I pray and wonder how she and the rest of the family have gone on with life. I pray they have found peace and strength through this nightmare. God bless!

RAB, police wife and sister.
August 21, 2017


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