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 had served with the agency for 3.5 years. He was survived by his expectant wife and daughter.


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

Incident Details

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

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Reflecting on the murder of Fred Maddox Jr of Houston Police Department on February 24th 1954, I would like to say he will not be forgotten I was his classmate in class six and I was the one that brought the shotgun that brought the murderer down on Laura koppe on that day. Rest in peace my brother in Christ Jesus our Lord. Your classmate and fellow officer William Millican. I am now at the age of 91 years and 6 months. Praise God Almighty. until we meet in Glory around the Judgment seat of Christ.

HPD Officer.W.E. Millican Badge 1038
Class 6 Houston PD 11/15/50.02/16/51

December 19, 2019

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