Special Officer Joseph Burch Loper

Special Officer Joseph Burch Loper

St. Louis and San Francisco Railroad Police Department, Railroad Police

End of Watch Thursday, October 21, 1920

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Joseph Burch Loper

Special Officer Joseph Loper was shot and killed in Forth Worth, Texas, when a criminal mistook him for a citizen and attempted to rob him at about 8:00 pm.

Officer Loper was walking through the Texas and Pacific Railroad rail yards, between South Main Street and Railroad Avenue, at the time. When the man pulled out a gun, Officer Loper attempted to arrest him but was shot twice. He was taken to a local hospital where he succumbed to his wounds the following morning.

The man who murdered Officer Loper was arrested and sentenced to death. The sentence was later commuted to life.

Officer Loper had served with the St. Louis and San Francisco Railroad Police Department for two years.


  • Age 46
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Location Texas
  • Incident Date Wednesday, October 20, 1920
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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Officer Loper,
On today, the 100th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice as a Law Enforcement Officer.


United States Border Patrol

October 21, 2020

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