Chief of Detectives Sam A. Street

Chief of Detectives Sam A. Street

San Antonio Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Sunday, September 11, 1927

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Sam A. Street

Chief of Detectives Sam Street was shot and killed while confronting a bandit at a convenience store at the corner of San Pedro Street and Laurel Street.

He was on a stakeout of the location with two other detectives when the suspect entered the store to rob it.

Chief Street appeared and confronted the suspect. The man turned, pulled out two pistols, and fatally shot Chief Street.

The subject who shot him was an escapee from prison after having been convicted of a previous robbery in 1925. He was arrested and sentenced to death, but the sentence was later reduced to life in prison. He was paroled on September 13th, 1957. He was returned to prison in 1960 after being involved in a shooting in Washington state. He died in prison in 1965.

Chief Street had served with the San Antonio Police Department for 10 years. He was survived by his wife and children.


  • Age 61
  • Tour 10 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Saturday, September 10, 1927
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Paroled in 1957

escapee, robbery, stakeout

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Sam, it was my pleasure to meet you in San Antonio in 1926 at the South Texas Law Enforcement Conference. I wish that you would have considered working for the Rangers when asked. Things could have been different now and I know that you would have been one hell of a Ranger. I want you to know Sam, that I appreciate that your wife gifted me that beautiful engraved Colt single action that you were awarded posthumously. I will think of you, my friend, every time I see it. You will be missed.

Senior Captain Frank Hamer
Texas Rangers

June 17, 2019

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