Patrolman Marvin E. Moore, Jr.

Patrolman Marvin E. Moore, Jr.

Amarillo Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Sunday, January 10, 1960

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Marvin E. Moore, Jr.

Patrolman Moore was shot and killed after he and two other officers responded to a domestic disturbance call on North Monroe Street. As officers arrived the man returned to the scene with a rifle and demanded to speak with his wife. When Patrolman Moore instructed him to put the weapon down the man shot him in the chest. One of the officers returned fire, wounding the suspect, who was apprehended a short distance later while trying to flee.

On April 14, 1960, the man, 28, was convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison.

Patrolman Moore was survived by his wife and two daughters.


  • Age 28
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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Although I didn't know you, my Uncle Bill Arthur had a connection with you. So many years later, I learned that my Uncle Bill had just completed the Amarillo Police Academy. The day this terrible incident occurred was my Uncle Bill's first day out in the field. He was there, probably stunned at your loss and in disbelief that you were killed in the line of duty on his first day out on his own. What an initiation. You inspired my Uncle Bill to continue with a career in law enforcement. With "thanks to you", Sir, the drive inside my Uncle to protect and serve the citizens of Amarillo lead him thru his law enforcement career, until his life ended at age 51 due to heart attack. The people of Amarillo pay tribute to you Sir every day. We walk past the memorial to our fallen officers in the lobby of our Amarillo Police Department on our way to work. Mention of you occurs in our Police Academy as part of the training for every Officer. Thank you for your Service. All gave some. Some gave all.

G. Motley, Civilian
Amarillo Police Department

January 10, 2022

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