AUSTIN (KXAN) — The Austin Police Department is honoring an officer killed in the line of duty nearly 90 years ago.
Friday, a special marker was installed on Wilson Street in South Austin for APD Chief James Littlepage. He was killed during a shooting rampage in 1928.
For the last 8 years, APD has honored officers killed in the line of duty with special memorials. Chief Art Acevedo says it’s a reminder of how much these men and women are willing to sacrifice for everyone’s safety. “We look around at society today and think about that false narrative that law enforcement is broken, when American law enforcement is better than ever been. This imperfect profession is better than it has ever been,” the chief said.
According to the Officer Down Memorial page:
Chief Littlepage was shot and killed while trying to stop a man who had just murdered two women with a shotgun and was on a shooting spree in town. As Chief Littlepage cut off the suspect’s escape he was shot twice in the abdomen. The suspect fled to a house where he killed another citizen before committing suicide.
This is the 19th marker placed as part of the Austin Police Officer Memorial Project. The project began in April of 2008, and consists of placing granite memorials at every location in Austin where an Austin police officer has been killed in the line of duty.