Police Officer Ben Eddie Gerhart

Police Officer Ben Eddie Gerhart

Houston Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Wednesday, June 26, 1968

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Ben Eddie Gerhart

Officer Gerhart was shot and killed after arresting a suspect for littering. Officer Bobby James was killed when the suspect forced his cruiser off the road during the ensuing chase. Officer Gerhart had stopped the suspect after observing the man and a woman throwing bottles from their car. He placed the suspect in his cruiser and returned to the vehicle to talk to the woman. The man suddenly ran back to the car and retrieved a handgun from under the seat and opened fire as Officer Gerhart drew his weapon. The suspect then stole Officer Gerhart's weapon and fled the scene.

Several officers began chasing the suspect after locating the vehicle. During the pursuit the suspect fired at the officers before forcing Officer James' cruiser off the road. The suspect fled on foot but was shot and killed in an ensuing shootout.

Officer Gerhart was survived by his wife and daughter.


  • Age 45
  • Tour 15 years
  • Badge 1230

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .38 caliber
  • Offender Shot and killed

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Uncle Ben, it’s 50 years today that you were taken from us. I remember it like yesterday. Daddy had started his first day of vacation so we went to Weimar to relax. But we never got to because shortly an HPD car came to the camp house to deliver the sad news that you were killed along with Officer James. You paid the ultimate sacrifice. You are still remembered by our Oak Forest neighborhood in Houston and by many others. May you always Rest In Peace. You will never be forgotten.

Glenna Gerhart
Niece of Officer Ben Gerhart

June 26, 2018

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