Master Officer Howard Ellsworth Dallies, Jr.

Master Officer Howard Ellsworth Dallies, Jr.

Garden Grove Police Department, California

End of Watch Tuesday, March 9, 1993

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Howard Ellsworth Dallies, Jr.

Master Officer Howard Dallies was shot and killed as he approached a motorcycle he had pulled over at 2:45 am in the 10100 block of Aldgate Avenue. Without warning, the motorcycle's driver turned and fired six shots at Master Officer Dallies, striking him four times. Officer Dallies died a few hours after being shot.

The suspect was driving a stolen motorcycle with false tags from a similar bike. The suspect was finally arrested in July 1997 but the charges were dropped.

Officer Dallies is survived by his wife and two young sons. Before joining the Garden Grove Police Department, he had served at least five years with the Orange County Sheriff's Department and the Placentia Police Department.


  • Age 36
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge 126

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Charges dropped

stolen vehicle, traffic stop

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I was 2 years out of the academy when Officer Dallies was gunned down by a coward. I never new him prior to his death but in the days, weeks and months following, I got to know Officer Dallies and his commitment to law enforcement and the community he served. I got to know about his commitment to young officers, how he would mentor them and shape them into the officers they would become.

I attended the Sunday afternoon viewing. I paid my respects to the man who even in death would become my mentor as I continued to prepare for and would eventually start my career. I committed to do likewise and mentor the younger recruits.

At the viewing, I met Mary who in her own grief and while talking to some heavily striped brass and senior officers, broke away to thank me for attending. I felt a connection I had never felt before, a connection similar to that of a brother and sister. What a class act. It was an experience that I will never forget.

At his funeral, it was said that he left nothing un-done. Officer Dallies, in your death it was an honor to get to know you. Mary, as you carry on, likewise. Twenty-five years later, I have not forgotten.

Officer R. F. Walker

December 29, 2018

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