Patrolman Henry Austin "Texas" Tate

Patrolman Henry Austin "Texas" Tate

Chickasha Police Department, Oklahoma

End of Watch Tuesday, December 16, 1930

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Henry Austin "Texas" Tate

Officer Tate was shot and killed while serving a warrant for a theft.

Officer Tate and his partner were serving a warrant on a man at his home for some stolen clothing when his partner lifted a mattress and revealed a half gallon of whiskey. Officer Tate was standing in the door when he was knocked down from behind by a blow on the head with the stock of a shotgun by the suspect's son who seized his weapon and before his partner could react, fired three shots into Officer Tate’s chest, heart and abdomen. His partner then shot the shooter through the chest causing him to drop the gun. The original suspect then attempted to pick up Officer Hale's gun and his partner also shot him. A daughter then tried to retrieve the gun, but was stopped. Officer Tate died on the way to the hospital.

The suspect died from his wounds two weeks later. His son recovered from his wounds and was charged with Officer Tate’s murder.

Officer Tate was survived by his wife and a step-son.


  • Age Not available
  • Tour Not available
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Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Charged with Murder

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the eighty-first anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

December 16, 2011

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