Officer Luke J. Bell

Officer Luke J. Bell

Dallas Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Friday, May 18, 1934

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Luke J. Bell

Officer Luke Bell was shot and killed with his own handgun after recapturing a prisoner who escaped his custody.

The officer was transporting three prisoners to jail when one fled. He caught up to the escapee who put his hands up as to surrender. However, the man grabbed Officer Bell's handgun and shot him in the side. The suspect was shot and wounded after a long police chase and subsequently executed.

Officer Bell had been employed with the Dallas Police Department for five years and had previously served with the United States Army. He was survived by his wife, two brothers, and two sisters. He is buried at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Dallas, Texas.


  • Age 35
  • Tour 5 years
  • Badge 153
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Executed

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No passage of time can ever erase your service, military as well as police, and sacrifice. Rest in peace always.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

May 18, 2021

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