Captain Charles R. Gougenheim

Captain Charles R. Gougenheim

Houston Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Saturday, April 30, 1955

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Charles R. Gougenheim

Captain Gougenheim and Officer Jack Beets were shot and killed while checking liquor licenses at a local bar. As Officer Beets was leaning behind the bar to read a beer license the bar owner's brother shot him. Officer Beets never saw his attacker. The suspect then ran out of the bar and opened fire on Captain Gougenheim, who was waiting in the patrol car parked outside.

Captain Gougenheim exited the car and returned fire, fatally wounding the suspect, however, was fatally wounded himself.


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Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Shot and killed

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Capt. Gougenheim,
On today, the 63rd anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you to you and your Officer who was also killed in that incident for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Houston. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

April 30, 2018

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