Police Officer Fred Maddox, Jr.

Police Officer Fred Maddox, Jr.

Houston Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Wednesday, February 24, 1954

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Fred Maddox, Jr.

Officer Fred Maddox was shot and killed while coming to the aid of another officer who was involved in a shootout. The other officer had responded to a robbery call on Laura Koppe Street. As the officer investigated the shooting he learned that the suspect was at a nearby location attempting to hail a cab. When the officer approached, the man opened fire on the officer.

Officer Maddox and his partner were driving a police wagon nearby and heard the shots. They stopped to investigate and were immediately fired upon by the suspect and Officer Maddox was shot in the head. The suspect was sentenced to death for Officer Maddox's murder and executed on January 4, 1956.

Officer Maddox was a WWII veteran had served with the Houston Police Department for three and a half years. He was survived by his expectant wife and daughter.


  • Age 29
  • Tour 3 years, 6 months
  • Badge 1012
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .38 caliber
  • Offender Executed in 1956

officer assistance, robbery in progress

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Officer Maddox,
On today, the 70th 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 U.S. Army in the China-Burma-India Theater fighting the Japanese during World War II. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

BPA Mike Casey
United States Border Patrol(Retired)

February 24, 2024

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