Officer Bennie Frank Elrod

Officer Bennie Frank Elrod

Galveston Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Thursday, March 11, 1948

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Bennie Frank Elrod

Officer Bennie Elrod was shot and killed in the city jail at 10:00 pm after arresting a husband and wife for fighting at a downtown bar.

While at the jail the un-handcuffed wife grabbed Officer Elrod from behind, pinning his arms. The husband then grabbed Officer Elrod's .45 caliber service weapon and shot him twice at close range. Both suspects were kept in custody after the incident.

Officer Elrod was survived by his wife, son, and daughter.


  • Age 29
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge 273

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Not available

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Heroes live forever, Officer Elrod, and we will never forget. Thank you for the sacrifice you made for the citizens of Galveston and the great State of Texas.

Greater Houston C.O.P.S.

March 11, 2013

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