Patrolman Norman Edward Zator

Patrolman Norman Edward Zator

Texas Department of Public Safety - Texas Highway Patrol, Texas

End of Watch Monday, October 6, 1969

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Norman Edward Zator

Patrolman Zator was shot and killed after stopping a vehicle for a traffic violation near La Marque. The car had been stolen earlier from a hospital parking lot in Houston. Patrolman Zator was found beside his patrol car with his service revolver in his hand. One shot had been fired. Two suspects, 20 and 25, who fled on foot, were apprehended the next day at a tin smelter in Texas City. The oldest, also the gunman, had a gunshot wound in his arm.

On May 11, 1970, both were convicted of murder and each was sentenced to 99 years.

Patrolman Zator had been with the agency for three years and was stationed at La Marque.


  • Age 25
  • Tour 3 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to 99 years

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I met Trooper Zator when I worked for the Gibsons Discount store in LaMarque and later began my career in Law Enforcement with the LaMarque PD, after Trooper Zator had been murdered. He impressed me with his friendly and kind nature. I didn't get to serve with him but I was honored to have met and served with his father and brother both of whom were members of the LaMarque PD Reserves. I went on to serve with the Dickinson Police Dept, where I was one of the founding members of this department and later I served with the Manvel Police Department where I retired at the rank of Detective Sergeant.

Jay Coffman Detective Sergeant
LaMarque Police Department

January 13, 2023

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