Sergeant Darrell Cervandez Curley

Sergeant Darrell Cervandez Curley

Navajo Division of Public Safety, Tribal Police

End of Watch Sunday, June 26, 2011

Darrell Cervandez Curley

Sergeant Darrell Curley was shot and killed when he and another officer responded to a domestic disturbance in Kaibito, Arizona.

The dispute involved a fight between two brothers at a housing complex. Sergeant Curley attempted to subdue both brothers with pepper spray when they resisted arrest. As he attempted to place them in custody the father of the men opened fire, striking Sergeant Curley. Despite being wounded, Sergeant Curley was able to return fire.

Another officer who had responded to the scene was also shot and wounded. Sergeant Curley was transported to a hospital in Page, Arizona, where he succumbed to his wounds early the following morning.

The father was charged with first-degree murder in the federal courts. In July 2012 he pleaded guilty to second degree murder and was sentenced to only 35 years in prison. The two brothers were charged under tribal laws with homicide, disorderly conduct, and other offenses.

Sergeant Curley had served with the Navajo Division of Public Safety for 25 years and was assigned to the Tuba City District. He is survived by his wife, three children, grandson, parents, siblings.


  • Age 48
  • Tour 26 years
  • Badge 450

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Location Arizona
  • Incident Date Saturday, June 25, 2011
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to 35 years

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Starting our 8th year, it still seems like yesterday when we had to go through such sadness and hardship. My children and I have made it this far. Thinking back we have been blessed each day, as we move forward each day, mouth, and years. My grandson Alex is now 12 and is as tall as me. He still remembers his Che' and how they both loved fishing and spending time together. I have been blessed with two additional beautiful grandchildren, sad they never met their Che'. Life goes on and I will always remember and honor our HERO Sgt. D. Curley, you are desperately missed as time goes by. I pray for our survivors throughout our country and pray for protection for all Law Enforcement. Thank you for your service.

Pauline Curley, Spouse Survivor 2011

Survivor Spouse

July 26, 2018

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