Officer George Turner

Officer George Turner

Fort Worth Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Sunday, May 20, 1928

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George Turner

Officer George Turner was shot and killed while attempting to stop a suspect who had tried to run him down in a car several days before.

Officer Turner, a bicycle officer, was assigned to a patrol car with two other officers on the night he was shot. He spotted a vehicle that had almost run him off the road a couple of days before. Giving chase in the patrol car and overtaking the vehicle, the three officers approached the vehicle with two men and a woman inside. Officer Turner was shot point blank with a .45 automatic pistol by one of the male occupants and managed to fire one shot that missed the suspect before falling to the ground. He died 30 minutes later at a local hospital.

The suspect fled on foot, and the other two officers fired shots and gave chase after one officer first spoke with Officer Turner. After months of searching, and a $500 reward was offered, the suspect was found in Chicago and brought back to stand trial. He was sentenced to life in prison but pardoned after serving only 20 years.

Officer Turner had served with the agency for only 7 months. He was survived by his wife, daughter, parents, and siblings.


  • Age 33
  • Tour 7 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .45 caliber
  • Offender Pardoned after 20 years

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I was interested in your death after finding an old Star telegram newspaper article from 1929. It talked about officers taking the train to Chicago and Springfield to being back the suspect. I pray for your descendants and pray you are dancing among the stars.

Martha Decker, retired assistant chief
Tool PD

October 16, 2020

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