Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Officer Barry W. Headricks

Tucson Police Department, Arizona

End of Watch Monday, October 28, 1974

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Reflections for Officer Barry W. Headricks

I am a law student studying this case regarding the Supreme Court's ruling on what constitutes an exigent emergency for searching a crime scene.

Instead of just learning the law, I thought I would dig a bit deeper into this case to reveal the human being who was shot dead,. My heart goes out to this officer whose young life was taken so violently and needlessly by a criminal. May you rest in peace and know that your efforts will always be remembered.

I am also a documentary filmmaker and would like to tell his story someday.

Law student

March 27, 2021

RIP sir, you will never ever be forgotten.

First Sergeant Thomas Webb, Retired.
New York State Police - Troop D

August 4, 2020

If any of the above read this, the Catalina High School class of 1965 is doing a special remembrance of Barry at our 55th reunion this April 2020. We are doing a display of pictures of his police and high school days. Also pictures of a wreath we placed at the police memorial in D.C. In addition I have a United States Flag that was flown over the capital in honor of his last birthday. We would welcome anyone interested in participating in this segment of our dinner. Please email me at [email protected]

Rick Holsclaw
Friend since childhood

February 22, 2020

Rest in peace Officer Headricks.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

October 27, 2019

42 years later, it still brings tears to my eyes to think about what could have been....we had so many wonderful and happy memories the year and a half before October 28, 1974. I am very grateful for the time we had. I was so very proud of you.
I will never you.


September 5, 2016

To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 40th anniversary year of your death. I am privileged to leave a tribute to you. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service.

My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered. Rest In Peace

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen officer Larry Lasater

January 27, 2014

"Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God."
Matthew 5:9

Marshal Chris Di Gerolamo
Federal Air Marshal Service

October 28, 2012

I had the honor of being Barry's training officer when he was first assigned to uniform patrol after graduating from the accademy. He was a fine, brave young man. I often wonder if I did not impress upon him the danger he would face on the street, and ponder if there was anything I could have done differently that might helped him survive. Barry was always cheerful, and his death was such a waste. Not in the sense that what he was doing was not important, but that he died and the scum that shot him lived. Barry was the type of friend that you never stop missing. He always had your back when you were working with him, and to this day I seldom get through a day with out thinking of him. He was that kind of man.

Officer Byron Shoffner
TPD, friend

June 23, 2012

I can't believe it's been 36 years since they brought you to the UofA Health Sciences Center Emergency Room. What an unbelievably sad day that was. I was the Blood Gas Tech that arrived to draw blood on you. You were so broken I remember I could only stand and stare. Later I felt compelled for some totally unknown reason to visit your gravesite. I sat beside you for a couple of hours and prayed that in your bravest hour you hadn't suffered too much. I don't know to this day why you touched me so much and, in fact, still do. But somehow the memory of how unbelievably brave you were has been a guardian angle on my shoulder. Bless you Officer Barry Headricks

Becky Mowry
Blood Tech and U of A Health Sciences Ctr.

January 20, 2011

As my career's end is coming closer, I decided to check and find those who had lost their lives during the year that I was hired. While it's been many years since your passing, I'm sure those you left behind and those whom with you served with distinction have kept you alive in their memories. Thank you for your service and for looking out for us who continue in our chosen profession. Rest in peace Officer Headricks.

Sgt. Robert Mau Sr.
PD Joliet IL

December 19, 2008

Rest in Peace, Officer Headricks. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

May 19, 2008

You are remembered today and thank you Sir for your service

Pat Van Den Berghe, Manchester, NH
Neighbors for a Better Manchester, NH

October 26, 2007

I never knew you because I was born two years before your untimely death. My father who I met for the first time three years ago was convicted of your murder. I wish your family peace and may God look over your family through the years. I can't change what happened as I was only a baby but I'm sincerely sorry for what happened.

SFC Brian K. Mincey Sr.
U.S. Army

October 8, 2007

The years may have past, but your never forgotten. The thin blue line never stops

OFc Minardi and Family
New Haven PD, CT

September 29, 2007

"The Badge"
He starts his shift each day
To respond to calls unknown.
He drives a marked patrol car.
A police officer he is known.
He's paid by the citizens' taxes
To make it safe on the streets.
But he usually has a second job
'Cause a waitress has his salary beat.
Now he doesn't know a holiday
'Cause he works all year round.
And when Thanksgiving and Christmas finally arrive
At his home he cannot be found.
He's cursed and assaulted often,
The one whos blood runs blue.
He seldom ever gets a thanks,
To some he's just a fool.
His friends are always other cops
'Cause people just don't understand
That underneath his badge and gun,
He's just another man.
He knows there might not be a tomorrow
In this world of drugs and crime.
And he gets so mad at the court system
'Cause the crooks don't get any time.
And each day when he leaves for work,
He prays to God above.
Please bring me home after my shift
So I can see the ones I love.
But tonight he stops a speeding car,
He's alone down this ole' highway.
It's just a little traffic infraction.
He does it everyday.
Well, he walks up to the driver's window,
And his badge is shining bright.
He asked the guy for a driver's license,
When a shot rang through the night.
Yes, the bullet hit its mark,
Striking the officer in the chest.
But the Department's budget didn't buy
Each officer a bullet-proof vest.
So he lay on the ground bleeding.
His blood wasn't blue - His blood was red.
And briefly he thought of his loved ones
'Cause in a moment the officer was dead.
In the news they told the story
Of how this officer had died.
And some who listened cared less,
But those who loved him cried.
Well, they buried him in uniform
With his badge pinned on his chest.
He even had his revolver,
He died doing his best.
Written By:
David L. Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Department
Columbia, South Carolina
Used with Special Permission of the Author
Copyright © 1999 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

Investigator David L Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC

August 1, 2007

I was just a rookie deputy when Officer Headricks was shot and killed. Never forgot how I felt because he was a TPD Officer and that was close to home.
RIP Brother you are not forgotten.

Former Deputy Bill Young #412
Pima County SO

June 9, 2007

We were both members of the Southern Baptist church on Speedway; members of the Tucson Police Department Recruit Class 69-2; and, both on duty on October 28, 1974. I remember being dispatched to stand security in the parking lot of the crime scene at the apartment complex and hearing Barry had been ambushed and didn't make it through surgery. As a motor officer, I rode escort for your funeral. I still visit your grave occasionally when I am in Tucson. I read the numerous court opinions about the trial of your assassin.
Only those who knew you realize what a great loss to humanity occured on October 28, 1974.
Rest in Peace. And, all who read these words, pause, reflect and know Barry gave the ultimate for us.
Bill Clayton.

Bill Clayton
Maricopa County Attorney

August 2, 2005

God bless you Brother Rest in Peace. You are Not Forgotten you Live on through all of your Brothers and Sisters who fight the Fight.

auxiliary chief of police
Rock Island Police Department

January 11, 2005

On the anniversary of your death, I salute you for your service and honor you for your sacrifice.

A hero never dies....

Rest in peace, hero.

October 28, 2004

You are remembered Brother.

Senior Trooper Keith Miller (Ret)
Oregon State Police

September 21, 2004

Thanks Brother for serving. Blessesd are the peace makers, you are gone but not forgotten.

Officer G. Long

January 28, 2004

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