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Deputy Sheriff Suzanne Lee Kays | Dallas County Sheriff's Department, Texas Dallas County Sheriff's Department, Texas

Deputy Sheriff

Suzanne Lee Kays

Dallas County Sheriff's Department, Texas

End of Watch: Wednesday, January 4, 1989

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 33

Tour: 4 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Officer's handgun

Offender: Found incompetent

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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.

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Suzanne Kays was a coworker and I considered her a great friend. We worked in the Classification Division at the Dallas County Sheriff's Department. She worked diligently to become a Deputy and she was always positive and looked to do her best. I walk by her picture on the wall at the Sheriff's Department in the hallway where she died to this day. The loss of such a good person never goes away.

Detective Steve Hayes
Coppell PD
June 7, 2016


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