Patrolman Pete M. Woods

Patrolman Pete M. Woods

Carthage Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Saturday, December 12, 1964

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Pete M. Woods

Patrolman Pete Woods was shot and killed by an escaped convict that was a passenger in a vehicle that area police were searching for following a robbery in Mount Pleasant.

He located and stopped the vehicle approximately one block from the county courthouse. The suspect was able to disarm Patrolman Woods who struggled with the armed suspect as the suspect attempted to disarm the other officer. Patrolman Woods was shot by the suspect during the struggle. The backup officer was shot in the chest while returning fire but survived.

The man was arrested hours later by officers in Shreveport, Louisiana. He was subsequently convicted of the offenses and received a life sentence in prison.

Patrolman Woods had served with the Carthage Police Department for six years.


  • Age 50
  • Tour 6 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to life

escapee, robbery

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 47th 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, PPD, eow 4/24/05

December 12, 2011

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