Officer Sam Griffin Lanford

Officer Sam Griffin Lanford

Dallas Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Thursday, June 29, 1933

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Sam Griffin Lanford

Officer Griffin Lanford was shot and killed after he and his partner interrupted a burglary in the 2400 block of North Prarie Avenue. Officer Lanford was fatally shot by the burglar. His partner was able to wound the suspect who was later arrested and executed.

Officer Lanford had been with the Dallas Police Department for six years. He was survived by his wife, daughter, three bothers, and two sisters.


  • Age 42
  • Tour 6 years
  • Badge 170

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Executed

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Thank you for your service and please know that your sacrifice will never be forgotten. Rest In Peace always.

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

June 29, 2020

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