Officer Wilmer M. "Tex" Richards

Officer Wilmer M. "Tex" Richards

Atlanta Police Department, Georgia

End of Watch Tuesday, December 2, 1952

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Wilmer M. "Tex" Richards

Officer Tex Richards was shot and killed while assisting fellow officers with a man who had barricaded himself in his home at the intersection of North Avenue and Williams Street near the Georgia Tech campus.

Officers had gone to the suspect's home to investigate a hit-and-run accident after a motorist complained that he backed into his car and left the scene. The suspect met them at his front door with a shotgun and refused to come out. At 3:00 p.m., when the officers attempted to dislodge him with teargas, he opened fire, killing Officer Richards and wounding three other officers. The officers returned fire and killed the man.

Officer Richards had served with the Atlanta Police Department for 25 years and would have retired in two months. He was survived by his wife, two daughters, two brothers, a sister, and five grandchildren.


  • Age 60
  • Tour 25 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender Shot and killed

barricade, hit-and-run

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Officer Richards,
On today, the 65th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Atlanta. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

December 2, 2017

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