Deputy Sheriff Chad Christian Key

Deputy Sheriff Chad Christian Key

Grayson County Sheriff's Office, Texas

End of Watch Saturday, April 20, 2013

Chad Christian Key

Deputy Sheriff Chad Key was struck and killed by a drunk driver while directing traffic at the intersection of U.S. Highway 82 and Bethany Road shortly before 10:30 pm.

The driver who struck him failed to stop but was arrested a short distance away. The subject was a habitual drunk driver who was out on bond on a previous drunk driving arrest.

The subject was convicted of felony murder and aggravated assault. He was subsequently sentenced to 141 years in prison but is eligible for parole in 30 years.

Deputy Key had served as a corrections officer with the Grayson County Sheriff's Office for 3-1/2 years. He had served as a patrol deputy for only two months. He is survived by his wife and three sons.


  • Age 42
  • Tour 4 years
  • Badge 20

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicular assault
  • Weapon Automobile; Alcohol involved
  • Offender Convicted of murder

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Hey brother, it has been a while but you are still missed every day! We are coming up on 4 years since our lives were changed forever, that night still haunts us but you have found ways to remind us of the better memories to overcome the sense of loss. God really does want us to have great days, he put you in our lives and gave us reasons to always remember you.
The job is what made us family but it is also what made you a hero and an inspiration for all of us. Your smile is still contagious!
Continue to show us you are watching over us and keep us smiling!


February 27, 2017

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