Bio & Incident Details
Tour: 16 years
Badge # Not available
Cause: Gunfire (Accidental)
Sergeant Kevin Cox was accidentally shot and killed as he and other SWAT team members entered a home during a standoff with a man known to have several weapons.
Officers were initially called to the home during a domestic dispute involving the man and his wife. After the wife left the home, the man dragged several pieces of furniture into the yard, doused them with gasoline, and then set them on fire. When officers arrived at approximately 1100 hours, the man was holed up inside the house.
At approximately 1515 hour, officers began to clear all of the windows in the house by knocking the glass out and removing any blinds obstructing view into the home. As they did so, shots were fired and Sergeant Cox was accidentally struck in the head from a shot fired by members of the SWAT team. Other officers returned fire, wounding the suspect. Officers then fired tear gas into the home, effecting the arrest of the man after he crawled out.
Sergeant Cox had been employed with the Lubbock Police Department for 16 years, and is survived by his wife and two children.