Police Officer Timothy Lowe Hearn

Police Officer Timothy Lowe Hearn

Houston Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Thursday, June 8, 1978

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Timothy Lowe Hearn

Police Officer Timothy Hearn was shot and killed after following up on a tip he and his partner had received about a narcotics suspect who was going to be at a certain restaurant.

When the suspect came out of the restaurant he was placed under arrest. As the officers began to search him he pulled out a .38 caliber handgun and opened fire, killing Officer Hearn and wounding his partner.

The suspect was convicted of capital murder and executed on June 9th, 1986.

Officer Hearn had been with the Houston Police Department for three and a half years and was attached to the Narcotics Division.


  • Age 28
  • Tour 3 years, 6 months
  • Badge 1678

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .38 caliber
  • Offender Executed in 1986

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On September 20, 2021, Houston radio host Michael Berry read a moving reflection of Tim Hearn's murder by a fellow officer who was at the scene . The reflection was posted on the officer's FB page, I believe. I remember Tim Hearn and have thought of his sacrifice from time to time over the years, even visited the HPD memorial a few times. I was an Assistant District Attorney in 1978--Carol Vance was the DA--and I remember meeting Tim Hearn several times when he was the arresting officer in narcotics cases and appeared in courts I was assigned to . We were the same age. I liked him immediately. He was outstanding, bright, friendly and helpful, an impressive person. I wasn't surprised to learn, after his death, of his popularity and leadership skills. Tim was the first officer I knew who was killed in the line of duty, but not the last. At age 72, I still remember him and honor his sacrifice. What a terrible loss. I tip my hat to the officer who wrote such a moving personal reflection about Tim and his death in 1978.

Former Harris County Assistant District Attorney

September 22, 2021

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