Patrolman Merrill Henderson Ogle

Patrolman Merrill Henderson Ogle

Shreveport Police Department, Louisiana

End of Watch Sunday, August 24, 1947

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Merrill Henderson Ogle

Patrolman Merrill Ogle was shot and killed at 5:30 a.m. as he and his partner attempted to arrest a shooting suspect at 436 E. Topeka Street.

The suspect opened fire with a shotgun, striking Patrolman Ogle. Both officers returned fire and killed the suspect.

Patrolman Ogle was a United States Navy WWII veteran and served with the Shreveport Police Department for eight years. He was survived by his wife, son, and three daughters, his mother, brother, and two half-brothers.


  • Age 32
  • Tour 8 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender Shot and killed

arrest, arrest attempt

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Merrill was my grandfather’s brother. My grandfather, John W. Ogle, Sr., served in the US Coast Guard, retired and then had a career of service in the FAA, eventually retiring in New Orleans. The oldest thing in my house is a picture of my grandfather with his brother Merrill when they were young boys, maybe about 6 years old. I recently found a Christmas card from 1923 at my father’s house, turned it over and found Merrill’s signature on the back. Merrill would have been about 8 years old when he signed the card. Both the picture and the card are prized possessions. I look at their picture and reflect on their service every morning before I leave for work to serve others myself.

Louis K. Ogle, Jr.
Madisonville, Louisiana

June 24, 2023

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