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Memphis Police Department
201 Poplar Ave.
Memphis, TN
901-636-3700

 

In Memoriam
To those police officers who gave their lives unselfishly in the performance of their duties.

We remember them all.

In Memoriam



While the majority of the officers listed below died In the Line of Duty
*some were killed  providing security for the citizens of Memphis.


The circumstances surrounding the deaths of these officers is unknown at this time:

Sgt. W.C. Stockman - February 22, 1865
Officer John M. Claridge  - April 24, 1867
Officer Walter M. Rodgers - June 4, 1867
Officer John M. Fenton  - December 31, 1867
Officer John Gear  - March 13, 1868
Captain Somers Perry  - June 12, 1868
Sgt. D. J. Finch -  March 8, 1869
Sgt. Julius Brett - - August 30, 1915
Officer Patrick T. Leahy - April 18, 1932
Officer John Cannon -  June 10, 1939
Officer Eugene Scott - December 16, 1939


Patrolman John Stevens - Died on May 1, 1866 after being shot in the thigh by a group of rioters at Third and Calhoun.

Patrolman R.C. Parkinson - Died on November 2, 1894 after being shot by a purse-snatcher while patrolling downtown on foot.

Patrolman E.L. Broadfoot - Shot February 23, 1918 at 546 South Main Street by three bootleggers.

Patrolman A.L. White - Shot April 13, 1919 near Lamar Avenue and Deadrick Street while investigating a bicycle theft.

Sgt J.C. Brinkley - Shot June 13, 1919 near Jackson Avenue and Waldran Road when investigating a suspected chicken theft.

Patrolman Guy Saint - Shot January 7, 1920 at Vance and Lauderdale by drugstore burglars.

Patrolman Vic Zambroni - Motorcycle accident March 23, 1920 at Court and Dunlap Streets to avoid striking a pedestrian.

Patrolman James S. Holmes - Struck by a truck September 21, 1920 while directing traffic at Main and Gayoso Streets.

Patrolman James J. McNeil - Motorcycle accident December 14, 1920 at Seventh and Auction while chasing a speeder.

Lt Vincent Lucarini - Mistaken for a hold up man and shot by a posse in Collierville, Tennessee on August 10, 1921.

Patrolman Polk A. Carraway - Shot August 10, 1921 by would-be robbers at 495 Union Avenue.

Sgt. J.L. Bell - Stabbed September 1, 1921 in front of 217 East McLemore.

Patrolman P.T. Fleet - Shot November 3, 1921 in railroad yards near Kansas and Carolina Streets.

Patrolman James P. Wooten - Crushed between two street cars February 21, 1922 as he ran toward a disturbance near McLemore and Rayburn Streets.

Patrolman Charles F. Stevens - Shot August 4, 1923 at 364 Vance as he attempted to arrest a murderer.

Patrolman T.B. Knox - Shot April 5, 1925 at Fourth and Beale Streets while helping a citizen.

Patrolman W.R. Bridges - Shot April 20, 1929 at Third and Beale Streets while arresting a drunk.

Patrolman Walter H. McEwen - Shot December 30, 1929 at 512 Saint Martin apprehending an armed person

Patrolman C.J. Redder - Struck by a Fire Truck October 22, 1931 while directing traffic at Second Street and Union Avenue during a fire.

Patrolman Roy A. Scott - Shot February 20, 1936 at 1409 Britton while arresting a robber.

Patrolman George W. Ham - Accident at Walnut and Linden on February 27, 1936 while involved in a chase, struck by another car going through the intersection.

Patrolman C.C. Musick - While riding his police motorcycle to work on July 2, 1937 he was struck by a DWI car at Poplar and Tillman.

Patrolman James E. Walker - Killed April 12, 1952 when his motorcycle skidded on wet pavement and struck a tree on Parkway at Avalon.

Patrolman Joseph Palazzola - Was struck by a City bus November 30, 1959 while directing traffic in front of Bellevue School.

Patrolman Frank Bruno, Jr. - Shot October 7, 1960 while investigating a burglary at 639 East McLemore.

Patrolman Morris E. White, Jr. - killed in an automobile accident November 20, 1963 at Northwood Drive and Walnut Grove Road.

Patrolman James E. Harper, Jr.. - Killed in an accident February 12, 1964 when a car turned in front of him while chasing a speeder on Bellevue near Ledger.

Patrolman Dennis J. Jobe - Killed September 22, 1970 in a motorcycle accident at Armour Station.

Patrolman Michael D. Wright, Jr. - Killed September 9, 1972 in an automobile accident at Thomas and Watkins.

Patrolman David W. Clark - Shot May 21, 1973 while attempting to arrest a man who had killed four people and wounded four others at Kansas and Ingle Streets.

Patrolman Edward J. Hammond, Jr. - Shot November 23, 1973 at Chelsea and McNeil while attempting to arrest an armed person.

Patrolman McCord L. Springfield - Shot March 12, 1977 at 1244 College while apprehending an armed person.

Patrolman J.N. Bush, Jr. - Struck by a car December 29, 1978 while directing traffic on South Third Street at Mitchell Road.

Patrolman James Lee Jefferson - A car struck his motorcycle August 18, 1979 on Elvis Presley Blvd. and Brooks Road.

Lt. Clarence P. Cox - Shot May 12, 1981 in front of the Lauderdale Court Apartments while checking a suspicious person.

Lt. Ronald D. Oliver - Shot August 5, 1981 in a holdup at Wendy's at 3275 North Danny Thomas.

Patrolman Larry P. Childress - Shot January 14, 1982 during the robbery of the residence at 5600 Shady Grove Road.

Patrolman Charles L. Harrison - Killed May 6, 1982 when his motorcycle struck a car on Interstate 240 East of Airways.

Police Trainee J.W. Sykes, Jr. - Shot December 31, 1982 by armed robbers as he approached their car.

Patrolman Robert S. Hester - Beaten to death January 12, 1983 after being held hostage by a religious group at 2239 Shannon Street.

Police Service Technician Booker T. Shaw, Jr. - Was struck by a tractor trailer December 17, 1985 while investigating an accident on Interstate 240 east of Millbranch.

Patrolman John E. Reeve - Killed September 9, 1991 after he lost control of his squad car on slippery streets in route to an alarm call and hit a telephone pole .

Major Rufus Gates - Was shot November 7, 1994 by a Uniform Police Officer who didn't recognize him as being an Undercover Police Officer.

Patrolman Dannael J. Weekes - Died Friday, March 7, 1997 from injuries sustained after the vehicle he was riding in struck another vehicle while in route to an Off-duty Police Officer Calling for Help Call.

* Patrolman Don Williams - Died January 22, 1998 from injuries received when he was shot in the back of the head at point blank range while working an off-duty security job on December 26, 1997.

Patrolman Don Overton - Died October 14, 1999 after his squad car was broadsided on Hollywood in North Memphis by a car occupied by four theft suspects fleeing police.

Patrolman John Robinson - Died December 1, 1999 shortly after his cruiser crashed into several trees while attempting to apprehend two robbery suspects on New Allen Road.

Patrolman Clayton Hicks, Jr. - Died November 14, 2000 from a gunshot wound he received while responding to an off-duty incident.

Patrolman Anthony L. Woods -  Died August 27, 2003 from gunshot wounds he received while responding to a domestic disturbance call in an apartment complex in the Parkway Village area of Memphis.

Officer Marlon Titus - Died on March 30, 2004 at approximately 0145 hours after he was involved in a on-duty vehicle crash.

Officer Timothy Warren - Died on July 3, 2011 from gunshot wounds he received while responding to a domestic disturbance call at a downtown hotel.

Officer Martoiya Lang- Died on December 14, 2012 from gunshot wounds she received while executing a search warrant.



Information compiled by Major Tim Cook and Major Susan Lowe.

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