Police Officer Robert Wayne Lee

Police Officer Robert Wayne Lee

Houston Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Sunday, January 31, 1971

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Robert Wayne Lee

Police Officer Robert Lee was shot and killed when he and his partner interrupted a robbery in progress at a local service station.

The two officers were transporting a juvenile prisoner at the time. When the suspect inside saw the officers he ran out and fire a round which struck Officer Lee in the head. Officer Lee's partner, Officer Daryl Shirley, was able to fatally shoot the suspect during a foot chase.

Officer Shirley was shot and killed in the line of duty in an unrelated case on April 28th, 1982.

Officer Lee, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran, had served with the Houston Police Department for just over two years. He was survived by his wife, parents, brother, and two sisters.


  • Age 35
  • Tour 2 years, 1 month
  • Badge 2296
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .45 caliber
  • Offender Shot and killed


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Officer Lee,
On today, the 50th 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 USMC. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Semper Fi Devil Dog!
A fellow LEO; former Marine

United States Border Patrol

January 31, 2021

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