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. The man received a two-year suspended sentence.

Officer Elrod was a United States Army WWII veteran. He was survived by his wife, son, and daughter.

He is buried at Forest Park East Cemetery in Webster, Harris County, Texas.


  • Age 29
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge 273
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender 2 years suspended

prisoner custody, domestic

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Officer Elrod,
On today, the 75th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just for your Community but for our Country as well when you served with the U.S. Army during World War II. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

March 11, 2023

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