Police Officer Johnny Terrell Bamsch

Police Officer Johnny Terrell Bamsch

Houston Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Thursday, January 30, 1975

Johnny 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. 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 had served with the agency for 2.5 years. He was survived by his expectant wife and parents.


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

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Not available

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September 29, 2016 marks the 44th graduation anniversary of Houston Police Cadet Class 55. Johnny and I were members of the class. He was the friendliest man I ever met. His image has not aged like the rest of us. I think of him often as our surviving list of classmates grows smaller. I look forward to the time we will meet again. Rest in Peace.

Sgt. J. W. Gadus, Retired
Houston Police Department

September 22, 2016

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