Police Officer John Terrell Bamsch

Police Officer John Terrell Bamsch

Houston Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Thursday, January 30, 1975

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John Terrell Bamsch

Officer Johnny Bamsch was shot and killed while attempting to arrest a suspect during a robbery-in-progress call at Yale and Norview at 1 a.m. As he pursued one of the suspects gunfire was exchanged and Officer Bamsch was struck in the shoulder. He was transported to Parkway Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The suspect was convicted of capital murder and sentenced to life in prison.

Officer Bamsch was a U.S Marine Corps veteran of the Vietnam war and had served with the Houston Police Department for two and a half years. He was survived by his expectant wife and parents.


  • Age 27
  • Tour 2 years, 6 months
  • Badge 1388
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to life

arrest attempt, robbery attempt

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Rest in peace Officer Bamsch.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

December 30, 2019

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