Police Officer Nathan Ray Laurie

Police Officer Nathan Ray Laurie

River Oaks Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Thursday, July 29, 2004

Nathan Ray Laurie

Officer Laurie was killed at approximately 0230 hours in an automobile accident during a vehicle pursuit.

The pursuit began when Officer Laurie attempted to stop a pickup truck for a traffic violation. The driver of the truck attempted to flee in the truck. Officer Laurie notified dispatchers of the pursuit. A short time later his patrol car collided with another responding patrol car at the intersection of Yale Street and Tulane Avenue.

The impact caused Officer Laurie's radio to have an open mic. Dispatchers were unable to reach either officer and a sergeant responded to their last known location where he found the wrecked patrol cars. Officer Laurie was transported to Harris Methodist Fort Worth Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. The other officer was also transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

The suspect was apprehended approximately two weeks later after investigators received an tip on his whereabouts. He plead guilty to a second-degree felony charge of evading arrest using a vehicle that caused a death and received a six year sentence.

Officer Laurie had served with the River Oaks Police Department for two years and had previously served for one year with the Tarrant County Sheriff Department. He is survived by his wife, two sons, and daughter.


  • Age 43
  • Tour 3 years
  • Badge 176

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicle pursuit
  • Weapon Automobile
  • Offender Sentenced to Six Years

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Yesterday, I was sitting with my oldest son remembering the years I lived in Texas, which I miss a lot. I was telling him about the nice people I met; Nathan was one of those people. I worked at Ihop on Lake Worth, Nathan and his friends used to come in the morning for breakfast. He was very nice to everybody and treated everybody with respect. I remember when I lost my dad in 2003, his lost made me very sad and depressed, Nathan and his friends used to come and talk to me and tried their best to make me laugh and put smile on my face. Thanks for putting a smile on my face when I needed it. You left our world, but your memories still a life, and you will always be remembered. Rest on peace. Thanks to my son for finding this page.

Lina Saleh

February 8, 2017

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