Patrolman Larry P. Childress

Patrolman Larry P. Childress

Memphis Police Department, Tennessee

End of Watch Thursday, January 14, 1982

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Larry P. Childress

Patrolman Larry Childress was shot and killed when he and his partner responded to a report of a home invasion robbery in the 5600 block of Shady Grove Road.

The two suspects had impersonated police officers to gain access to the house and when inside tied up the occupants. One of the hostages was able to break free and call police. When Patrolman Childress and his partner arrived Patrolman Childress went to the side of the house while his partner knocked on the front door.

While on the side of the house Patrolman Childress encountered the two suspects and was shot and killed.

Both suspects were apprehended, along with a third man that was driving a getaway car. All three were convicted to robbery and murder and sentenced to life in prison. One of the suspects was denied parole on August 12, 2003.


  • Age 39
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .44 caliber
  • Offender Sentenced to life


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To this day I miss Uncle Larry and the impact he would have had on my life and my family. And the dire impact his death had on the family. It breaks my heart that my daughter will never get to know him.

Stories are still told to this day of him around camp fires and living rooms.

He bought me my first plastic three wheeler and I know it's his spirit that influenced my love of motorcycles.
Every time I get on my Harley and go for a ride I think of him and what could have been. I hope he's out there somewhere keeping the shiny side up.

Ride on Uncle Larry.

Max Childress

September 5, 2019

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