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 a convenience store at Yale and Norview at 1 a.m. As he and his partner pursued the suspects, gunfire was exchanged, and Officer Bamsch was struck in the shoulder. He was transported to Parkway Hospital where he was pronounced dead. One of the suspects, 18, hit with a shotgun blast in the back, fired by his partner, was hospitalized in serious condition. The other two escaped.

The suspect, 18, also the killer, was convicted of capital murder and sentenced to life in prison. As of January 1, 2022, he was in prison.

Officer Bamsch was a U.S Marine Corps Vietnam veteran 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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Johnny is my cousin, he was a born again Christian and I’m looking forward to seeing him again. We grew up together and trailed through the NW Houston woods as children where Shepherd Forest development is now. Later we were hunting buddies in deep East Texas with other relatives near Lufkin. We were both in Vietnam during the 1968 Tet Offensive at the same time. I always looked up to Johnny and we have many blessed memories together. I love him very much and knowing Johnny, he is front and center volunteering for any difficult task that Jesus needs accomplished.. Simper Fi Brother Johnny <><

Capt David A Trifon, USAF
Christian Brother and close cousin

August 30, 2022

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