Police Officer Richard H. Calhoun

Police Officer Richard H. Calhoun

Houston Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Friday, October 10, 1975

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Richard H. Calhoun

Police Officer Richard Calhoun was shot and killed while he and other officers attempted to apprehend three prison escapees in a home near the Houston Ship Channel Bridge. The inmates had escaped from a state prison farm near Sugar Land.

He and other officers had entered the home and discovered one of the escapees dead in a downstairs area of the home. As Officer Calhoun reached the top of the stairs on the second level, one of the other escapees suddenly appeared and opened fire with a sawed-off shotgun, killing him. The other officers were able to pull Officer Calhoun from the home.

The home ignited when tear gas was fired into it during the ensuing standoff. All of the remaining escapees were killed in the fire.

Officer Calhoun was a U.S. Navy veteran and had served with the Houston Police Department for five years. He is survived by his wife and three children.


  • Age 34
  • Tour 5 years
  • Badge 2414
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender Killed during standoff

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I went to school with Officer Calhoun’s daughter Donna. It was eighth grade, I was working as an office assistant and I could hear all the school administrators talking about what happened. They sent me to get her and told me not to tell her why she was being called to the office. When I got to her classroom, I handed the slip of paper to the teacher, and she called Donna’s name. I felt terrible knowing what she was going to find out. She was very puzzled and even asked me why the principal wanted to see her, because she was a good student but she was afraid she was in trouble. I had to just say I did not know...and my was heart breaking for her and the family. A part of me wondered if deep down she feared it was something like this. I will never forget this event and I have often thought of the family and of the wonderful man who so tragically lost his life that awful day. May God give the family continued consolation. Thank you Officer Calhoun for your service to our country and our city. RIP Sir.

Mary Beth Lowry-Shipley
Classmate of daughter

December 8, 2019

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