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Patrolman Berry Joe McGuire | Amarillo Police Department, Texas Amarillo Police Department, Texas

Patrolman

Berry Joe McGuire

Amarillo Police Department, Texas

End of Watch: Thursday, December 25, 1980

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 26

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Military veteran

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Officer's handgun

Offender: Three sentenced to life

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Patrolman Berry McGuire was shot and killed following a traffic stop on Willow Street.

After arresting one of the suspects in the vehicle the man attempted to flee. As Patrolman McGuire attempted to put the subject back in the patrol car the other occupants of the vehicle he stopped came to the subject's assistance. During the struggle one of the men took Patrolman McGuire's gun and shot him twice. He was then held on the ground by two of the men and a third shot him in the head, killing him.

The subjects then fled the scene but were all apprehended. Three of the men were sentenced to life. The fourth was not charged when it was determined he attempted to help Patrolman McGuire during the struggle.

Patrolman McGuire was a veteran of the Texas Air National Guard. He was survived by his wife.

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