Deputy Sheriff Suzanne Lee Kays

Deputy Sheriff Suzanne Lee Kays

Dallas County Sheriff's Department, Texas

End of Watch Wednesday, January 4, 1989

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Suzanne Lee Kays

Deputy Suzanne Kays was shot and killed with her own weapon after being attacked by a homeless man who had just been released from jail. Deputy Kays was escorting the man from the Lew Sterrett Justice Center when he suddenly turned and punched her, knocking her to the ground. He continued to strike her on the ground and took her gun while they struggled. He then shot and killed her before running toward the booking area where he was confronted by several Dallas Police officers who ordered him to drop the gun. When he refused he was shot in the legs and groin by an officer with a shotgun. He was found incompetent to stand trial and sent to a Texas mental institution.

Deputy Kays had graduated from her academy class only one week before the incident and was on her second shift. She had been in law enforcement for four years.


  • Age 33
  • Tour 4 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Found incompetent

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I was working with her at Lew Sterrett that night. We heard the Officer Assist call and all dropped everything to try to help. Unfortunately none of us could get to her in time. Sgt. Chris Dyer and I came very close to being shot by the same man in the back hallway. Thank god for that DPD Officer that shot him just seconds before that elevator door opened. I will never forget that night. RIP Suzanne.

Dona Geron, DSO
Dallas Sheriff’s Office.

January 4, 2019

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