Police Officer Michael Wayne Rivers

Police Officer Michael Wayne Rivers

Hedwig Village Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Sunday, November 2, 1980

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Michael Wayne Rivers

Officer Rivers was shot and killed as he and his partner were involved in a foot pursuit of a burglary suspect. Another officer was interviewing the two suspects in front of a local store when one of the men ran. Officer Rivers and his partner responded to the officer's call for assistance.

Officer Rivers' partner, who had tripped during the pursuit, heard two gun shots coming from across the parking lot. He and the original officer found Officer Rivers suffering from two shots to this head, one to his arm, and one to his leg.

The suspect was eventually apprehended and convicted of murder. He was sentenced to life in prison.

Officer Rivers had served with the agency for only 1 year and had previously served with the Houston Police Department for 10 years. He was survived by his expectant wife and daughter.


  • Age 32
  • Tour 11 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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Mike Rivers followed me from HPD to Hedwig Village PD and took my job as shift Corporal when I left Hedwig Village and returned to college. I recommended him for the position. We had worked together at Houston PD previously and were friends.

I returned from College Station only two months later to be one of Mike's pall-bearers.

Mike was a good cop - one of the best.


August 9, 2020

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