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Patrolman Warren Mitchell | El Paso Police Department, Texas El Paso Police Department, Texas

Patrolman

Warren Mitchell

El Paso Police Department, Texas

End of Watch: Saturday, May 16, 1953

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 33

Tour: 2 years

Badge # Not available

Military veteran

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 5/16/1953

Weapon: Rifle

Suspect: Apprehended

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Patrolman Warren Mitchell was shot and killed while investigating a shots fired call. A suspect had fired a rifle into a fast-food restaurant after beind turned down for a job. The officers responded from the restaurant to the man's home to arrest him. As the officers approached the house the suspect opened fire on them. Patrolman Mitchell returned to his cruiser to try to call for help but was shot in the head and killed. After a one-hour gunbattle the suspect was finally arrested.

Patrolman Mitchell was a WWII veteran and had been with the agency for two years. He was survived by his wife.

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Serving with Officer Mitchell on that day was Officer Mario M. Cicchetti, who went on to serve with the El Paso PD until he retired in 1975. I worked with Officer Cicchetti during the early 1970's and soon realized that he was a victim of this incident as well. Mario never quite got over the trauma of witnessing Mitchell's murder and being pinned down by gunfire for nearly an hour. We sometimes forget all the other victims. Mario passed away nearly 20 years ago himself and I miss him dearly.

Randolph D. McDorman Sr.
EPPD 1972 - Present
August 15, 2013

 

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