Patrolman McCord L. Springfield

Patrolman McCord L. Springfield

Memphis Police Department, Tennessee

End of Watch Saturday, March 12, 1977

McCord L. Springfield

Patrolman McCord Springfield was shot and killed while attempting to apprehend a subject who had fired shots at a civilian passing on the street.

He and three other officers went to the apartment that the shots had come from. Patrolman Springfield and his partner went to the front of the apartment and two other patrolmen when to he rear. Patrolman Springfield took cover near the side door when the suspect suddenly appeared in the door ay and shot Patrolman Springfield in the chest and his partner in the face. Before falling to the ground Patrolman Springfield fired three shots, striking the suspect once.

The suspect fled back into the apartment and the two officers in the rear chased him in. They found the suspect in a back room crouching behind a bed. As they approached the suspect opened fire. One of the officers returned fire, killing the suspect.

Patrolman Springfield and his partner were rushed to Methodist Hospital, where Patrolman Springfield died from his wound. His partner recovered and eventually returned to full duty.


  • Age Not available
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Shot and killed

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I was sitting here at work when an image of McCord Springfield popped in my head. I Googled his name which lead me back to the Officer Down page.
My name is Vince Parker, a former LEO & current Air Traffic Controller. My Uncle is former Memphis Police Officer Harold Parker, who was McChord's partner at the front door that fateful day.
As a kid, I remember the two of them stopping by my Grandmother's house to say Hello just before the incident. I remember how impressed I was w/ Officer Springfield & my Uncle Harold.
They were both sharp in uniforms with different heights. Officer Springfield was over 6ft & my Uncle Harold is 5'9 at best. That impression & sacrifice led me into Law Enforcement where I served for 6 years. I miss it everyday.
I think of Officer Springfield often & come back to this page to keep his memory alive.
He was a good man & I honor him and his sacrifice for us. God bless him & his family.

Vince Parker
Former LEO - N.Central Narcotics TF, Leflore CSO & Itta Bena PD (MS)

March 14, 2018

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