Patrolman Berry Joe McGuire

Patrolman Berry Joe McGuire

Amarillo Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Thursday, December 25, 1980

Berry Joe McGuire

Patrolman Berry McGuire was shot and killed following a traffic stop on the 900 block of South 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, who were brothers aged 17, 19, and 23, were sentenced to life. All three were denied parole in 2015 and 2016. One has another parole hearing in March, 2018, and the other two have hearings in April, 2021. 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.


  • Age 26
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Three sentenced to life

juvenile offender, traffic stop

Most Recent Reflection

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I remember as if it was yesterday. I was 2 weeks out of the academy and Barry an I were planning to meet at the Big Texan for the free Christmas dinner they would provide our officers. I had to check on a regular local that had a warrant, Barry said he would make one traffic stop, then we would get our Christmas dinner. I drove off and about 15 minutes later the incident occurred! Someday we will meet again in heaven and finally have that Christmas meal. I think of that night often and I will be sending my NO PAROLE letter again soon! I made it to retirement, wished you had made it also. Miss brother in blue!

Retired Sgt.
Amarillo Police Dept.

December 26, 2017

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