NEVER FORGET: Dallas Police Officer Killed On This Day in 1972

Officer Allen Perry Camp; Photo: odmp.org

Officer Allen Perry Camp; Photo: odmp.org

On this day in 1972, Officer Perry Allen Camp of the Dallas Police Department was shot and killed as he investigated a burglary at a local school.

Officer Camp was jumped by two suspects, aged 13 and 15, who wrestled his gun away from him and shot him in the chest. The two juvenile suspects would be arrested and sentenced to life in prison.

15-year old Perry Johnson, convicted of killing Officer Camp, would be paroled after serving only 13 years of his life sentence; however, Johnson would end up in and out of prison for much of his life, frequently returning for parole and drug violations.

Officer Camp, only 21 years old at the time, had been a member of the department for just over a year and was survived by his wife.

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