Police Officer Larry Randolph Cox

Police Officer Larry Randolph Cox

Chillicothe Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch Thursday, April 21, 2005

Larry Randolph Cox

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 and High Streets. During the confrontation, the suspect shot and killed Officer Cox. The suspect was apprehended nine days later.

On July 29, 2006, the suspect escaped from the Ross County Jail by using bed sheets 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 19, 2006. On December 8, 2006, the suspect plead guilty to murdering Officer Cox and was sentenced to life 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, sister and brother-in-law, and nieces and nephews. 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

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Officer Larry Cox,

Of all the good men I have known in my 45 years of military service, and as a California Peace Officer in Sacramento in the 1980's, and as a federal agent, you remain my ideal of selfless service, honor, and courage.

And my gratitude for the wonderfully positive influence you had as the Chillicothe Police Representative on the children and young people in Chillicothe, especially my precious daughter at Bishop Flaget, My Little Venchise, is eternal. I don't know who misses you more, even now, me or Venchise.

The Saints and Angels were waiting for you, but it is hard for me to believe that they needed you more than did we.
Difficult to express how much you were appreciated and loved and needed here.

Your were and remain in my memory a fine and good man. I want you back. I fear that we will not see your like again. You were good in every way in a world tending toward evil and chaos.

I look to my memory of you to guide my personal and professional conduct. I cannot imagine a better role model -- for anyone.

I think of you every day. What would Larry do?

Larry Cox, the embodiment of a good man. We miss you more and this world needs you more now than ever.

Enough. You did much good. You did no wrong. you are missed.

Joseph Glenn

June 11, 2018

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