Police Officer Larry Randolph Cox

Police Officer Larry Randolph Cox

Chillicothe Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch Thursday, April 21, 2005

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Larry Randolph Cox

Police Officer Larry Cox was shot and killed while chasing a robbery suspect while off-duty.

The suspect was wanted for stealing a car and robbing a gas station approximately one hour earlier. Another officer spotted the vehicle and pursued it until the suspect bailed out and fled on foot. Officer Cox, who was off duty, observed the suspect fleeing and officers pursuing him. Officer Cox joined the pursuit and eventually confronted the suspect in an alley between Chestnut Street and Church Street, near High Street. During the confrontation, the suspect shot and killed Officer Cox.

The 34-year-old man was arrested nine days later for a parole violation in Pickaway County. Evidence that surfaced days later connected him with the murder.

On July 29th, 2006, the man escaped from the Ross County Jail by using bedsheets to scale a jail wall. In September 2006, he was added to the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Ten Most Wanted list. He was apprehended in Chillicothe on October 19th, 2006. On December 8th, 2006, he pleaded guilty to murdering Officer Cox and was sentenced to life in prison without parole.

Officer Cox had served with the Chillicothe Police Department for 19 years and served as one of the city's DARE officers at the time of his murder. He is survived by his wife, son, parents, and sister.

He is buried in Greenlawn Cemetery, Chillicothe, Ross County, Ohio.


  • Age 44
  • Tour 19 years
  • Badge 21

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to life

foot pursuit, off duty, parolee, robbery

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Man, do I miss your face! It is absolutely astonishing that you have been gone this long. Wow. I know you have greeted so many of our friends up there, too many. Several of us have left the Department and ventured out on our own little businesses. So far so good. I love retirement! I still don’t like the holidays much. I’m getting a little better, but not much. I’m sorry I haven’t been down to see you for a couple weeks, but I have had a lot going on. Anyway, please keep an eye on our brothers and sisters in blue/black and gray. They can use all the help they can get with all the stupid stuff going on. Love ya.


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