Officer shot & killed responding to alarm


July 8, 2003, 02:02 AM
Police Officer Charles R. Clark
Houston Police Department, TX
End of Watch: Thursday, April 3, 2003
Age: 45
Tour of Duty: 20 yr

Officer Clark was shot and killed while responding to a silent alarm at a check cashing store on South Loop East. Officer Clark arrived less then four minutes after the alarm button was pushed. As he entered the store the suspects opened fire on him, striking him in the shoulder. He returned fire but his service weapon jammed after he fired the first shot. As he called for assistance one of the suspects shot him in the head execution style. The suspects then executed the female store clerk before fleeing. The three suspects were apprehended the following day.

Officer Clark was one day shy of his 20th anniversary with the Houston Police Department and was assigned to the Southeast Patrol Division. He is survived by his wife.

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July 8, 2003, 02:06 AM

July 8, 2003, 02:14 AM

RIP Officer.

And may justice be served upon your killers.


July 8, 2003, 02:49 AM
:( RIP

:fire: I hope the human scum that did this get what they deserve (though since they were picked up by police, i'm sure they did). The death penalty was created for animals like this.

This is the sketch of the person who did it....:fire:

July 8, 2003, 03:09 AM


July 8, 2003, 03:14 AM
God Bless and Keep Officer Clark.
THIS is the kind of criminal I will NOT honor with discussion.:fire:

150 or so years ago, a posse would have lit out after them. After a fair trial; they'd be hung and buried.......What's happened since April?????

July 8, 2003, 05:39 AM
May he rest in peace.

is there any info on the weapon that failed?

July 8, 2003, 05:56 AM
That hurts. Another good one gone an not much can be done about it.

On the gun jam, it could have been a magazine not inserted properly and not locked in, failure to feed second round. Whatever it was he did not have time to clear it. Hopefully his department will find out what failed and prevent that from happening to someone else. Good case for carrying a back up weapon, although wounded he might not have been able to get to a back up, even if carrying one.


Henry Bowman
July 8, 2003, 09:54 AM
He was shot in the shoulder before he could return fire. Good excuse for limp-wristing and likely cause of jam.

Sympathy and prayers. Justice to these bad guys.

July 8, 2003, 10:09 AM

IIRC from prior post here or GT, a broken extractor on personal Browning HP. :(

July 8, 2003, 11:30 AM
TheeBadOne, would you please cite a source (URL) for these mini-bio's you post? I'd be interested in seeing where they come from.

Only complaint I have about them is the language - criminals don't "execute" innocent people, they MURDER them! :fire:

July 8, 2003, 12:09 PM
RIP Police Officer Charles R. Clark. Looks like he was set up, and badly. The gun jam was maybe crucial .. at least without that he might have stood a chance.

Tempted to make some other observations .. but .... probably just give the mod's unnecessary work!! <bites tongue>

July 8, 2003, 12:22 PM

July 8, 2003, 12:26 PM
I seem to recall another case of Cop dying in convenience store shoot out when gun jammed recently. Very sad.

July 8, 2003, 04:28 PM
Tamara got it

July 8, 2003, 04:55 PM

Rest in peace.

May the perpetrators receive justice.

July 9, 2003, 12:28 AM
This is two months old, and there was a thread (actually more than one thread) on it when it happened.

I'm not complaining--just curious. Why is this being posted again as if it's new news?

July 9, 2003, 04:21 AM

Officer Down Memorial Page. See the link from Tamara. Looks like it takes awhile for them to post memorial and bio of KIA officers.


July 9, 2003, 01:19 PM
As referenced in another thread, THR shall now be called


How many more have you got to post, TheeBadOne?

July 9, 2003, 06:48 PM
I just started looking, at this same poster has posted a bunch of these. What's up? Are we being trolled?

Standing Wolf
July 9, 2003, 08:59 PM
He returned fire but his service weapon jammed after he fired the first shot.


July 9, 2003, 11:14 PM
Why repost the entire contents of a website to THR a post at a time?

Perhaps the link could be made a sticky...

Or perhaps the poster could include some amplifying comments as to the relevance of this article to the theme of this forum. Lessons to be learned, etc.

I don't think that gun death obituaries (even those of LEOs) are automatically relevant...

July 9, 2003, 11:23 PM

Like some here, I'm a little curious as to your motivation for posting this? Is it to generate discussion on the merits of alarms? Is it to point out that police officers sometimes have a dangerous occupation? Is it to show us that criminals break the law? Is it because you knew this person, and there is some connection he had with our current date, that compels you to bring him back to our attention? Is it to let us know that another of the brotherhood of man has left us (albeit, months ago)? Inquiring minds want to know.

Thanks in advance,


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