Officer Edward M. Belcher

Officer Edward M. Belcher

Fort Worth Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Thursday, October 28, 1971

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Edward M. Belcher

Officer Edward Belcher was shot and killed by a sniper who was positioned 200 yards away. The officer had been investigating a shooting along with 24 other officers at a nightclub on South Riverside Drive when he was shot. The suspect was arrested and convicted of the murder.

Office Belcher had been with the agency for three years.


  • Age 24
  • Tour 3 years
  • Badge 1108

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle
  • Offender Convicted

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I worked with Ed in Patrol at Ft. Worth PD and had partnered with him on several occasions. The week Ed was killed he had been relieving me at shift change in beat 364 (He worked Deep Nights relief in the 4 District, and I was the beat officer for 364 on Evenings.) The night Ed was killed I went to give him the keys to 364 when he told me the regular beat officer was back, and he was working 344. Two hours later he was killed on my beat 364. My heart was broken thinking if he worked 364 that night he most likely would have been inside working the shooting call instead of outside on the parking lot where he was shot. Unfortunately, it would have probably been another officer & friend shot in his place. RIP, Ed. I think of you often.

Lt. Larry Lowe (Ret.)
Richardson Police Department

August 3, 2018

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