Patrolman Bennett T. Spradley

Patrolman Bennett T. Spradley

Nacogdoches Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Thursday, December 2, 1948

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Bennett T. Spradley

Patrolman Spradley was shot and killed after responding to a disturbance.

Patrolman Spradley was assigned at East Main Street and North Mound Street to direct traffic during the Nacogdoches Christmas parade on December 2, 1948. After the parade, there was a disturbance at a nearby small clothing shop. Patrolman Spradley was summoned and the man who was causing problems shot Patrolman Spradley with a shotgun. Patrolman Spradley was able to return two rounds, but it did not affect the shooter.

Patrolman Spradley was taken to Memorial Hospital where he died from his injuries. The shooter was convicted of the murder and was sentenced to three years in prison but was pardoned by the governor after serving only one year.

Patrolman Spradley was due to retire in three weeks at the time of his death. He was survived by his wife.


  • Age 58
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun; 12 gauge
  • Offender Pardoned after serving one year

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Patrolman Spradley,
On today, the 75th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Nacogdoches. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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December 2, 2023

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