Detective Lemuel Dodd Savage

Detective Lemuel Dodd Savage

Amarillo Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Thursday, March 15, 1945

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Lemuel Dodd Savage

Detective Lemuel Savage was shot and killed while transporting two prisoners to jail.

He had arrested the two when he found them burglarizing a store. He searched the two suspects before transporting but missed a handgun hidden in one of the man's pants. During the transport the man produced the gun and shot Detective Savage. As the suspect fled he kidnapped three other people before being apprehended.

The suspect was convicted of federal kidnapping charges and sent to Alcatraz Prison. While in Alcatraz the suspect was part of an escape attempt that ultimately left Correctional Officer Harold Stites and Correctional William Miller, of the Federal Bureau of Prisons, dead from gunshot wounds.

The suspect was executed in 1948 for his role in the two murders.

Detective Savage was survived by his wife, son, and two daughters.


  • Age 52
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Executed in 1948


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Rest in peace Detective Savage.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

September 23, 2021

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