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.

Bio

  • Age 24
  • Tour 3 years
  • Badge 1108

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle
  • Offender Convicted

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51 years ago today, August 30, 1968, I graduated from the FWPD Police Academy with Ed. I will never forget our graduation class #35 and Chief Cato Hightower made his speech. We all couldn't wait to get out on the streets and save the world. (Ok---maybe just the citizens of Fort Worth) Unfortunately, the immediate years following our swearing in ceremony, violence against police officers spread across our nation and Fort Worth was not immune to any of it. There were individuals and groups that targeted police officers. Senseless attacks on men and women merely because they had on a uniform. The offenders didn't know any of us, they just had a hate for the "establishment." I have never and will never forget the night Ed was shot standing in the parking lot after being called to investigate an incident.

As several others in FWPD had done, after 6 years, I left FWPD and pursued law enforcement elsewhere. Now in my retirement I reflect on the many men and women who proudly serve our communities. Unfortunately, the hate against police officers has surfaced once again in our country. I continue to pray for the safety of those that continue to unselfishly serve.

Ed, you will never be forgotten. RIP my fiend!

Gary C Fisher
FWPD Officer, DFW Airport Lieutenant, Randolf County Sherriff Major

August 30, 2019

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