Officer Thoedore Tedford succumbed to a gunshot wound after being sent to a flight call while on mounted patrol. When he arrived on the scene the suspect opened fire, striking him in the side. After falling off of his horse, the suspect shot him again before fleeing. Officer Tedford was taken to the hospital where he succumbed to his gunshot wounds two days later.
Four days later the suspect was shot and killed by Red River County Sheriff Charles Stephens who was on a posse trying to arrest the killer. The man was chased for several miles before being killed by the posse.
Officer Tedford had served with the Dallas Police Department for seven years. He was survived by his wife and three sons.
Officer Tedford’s brother, Alex, was killed in the line of duty 15 years later while serving with the Dallas Police Department.