Officer Jimmie F. Chadwell

Officer Jimmie F. Chadwell

Fort Worth Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Monday, December 11, 1978

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Jimmie F. Chadwell

Officer Jimmie Chadwell was shot and killed as he and three other officers attempted to serve a warrant on a suspect. Officer Chadwell and another officer entered the front of the home as the other two officers entered the rear of the home.

The suspect was located hiding in a shower in the bathroom. As Officer Chadwell entered the room, the suspect opened fire, striking him in the face. The other officers immediately returned fire, killing the suspect. One of the officer's shots also struck Officer Chadwell in the back. The coroner ruled that either shot from the officer or the friendly-fire round would have been fatal.

Officer Chadwell had served with the Fort Worth Police Department for 12 years. He was survived by his wife and three children.


  • Age 45
  • Tour 12 years
  • Badge 724

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Shot and killed


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I was going through old business cards today and found Jim's card. In 1978, I was a Dallas PD Fugitive Squad Investigator and Jim was a member of the Ft Worth PD Fugitive Squad. Although we did the same job for neighboring departments, our meeting was quite random. I had met Jim while he was working overtime, in uniform, at the Ft Worth Convention Ctr. for the Merle Haggard concert that I was attending. During the intermission my date excused herself so I walked up front to speak to the officers. Jim was one of the officers and we exchanged business cards after learning we both were Fugitive Squad officers for our respective agencies. Following Merle's performance, Jim waved us down front where he allowed us backstage. Once backstage we were unexpectedly mistaken for winners of a local radio concert. Upon meeting Merle, he invited on his bus for a beer. Needless to say it was great. I called Jim a few days later to thank him. Jim had a good laugh about my unexpected "good luck", and we exchanged information on several active cases. A few months later the local news reported Jim's untimely death in the line of duty. Although I didn't know Jim very long, I knew him as a very likable guy and a dedicated officer. Jim used a chance encounter to form a fraternal friendship where information could be shared about dangerous fugitives. Jim's death was not in vain. Jim died doing what he was born to do. Forty five years have passed, but Jim is still fondly remembered by some of us old guys. Greg Evans

Gregory G. Evans
Sergeant - Retired
Dallas Police Department
Dallas, Texas
1972 -2008

March 21, 2023

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