Officer Donald Paul Tucker, Sr.

Officer Donald Paul Tucker, Sr.

Dallas Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Thursday, December 13, 1973

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Donald Paul Tucker, Sr.

Officer Donald Tucker was shot and killed while answering a disturbance call in the 3700 block of Valley Ridge Road.

Upon his arrival the suspect opened fire with a .357 caliber revolver, fatally wounding Officer Tucker. The suspect attempted to shoot other people in the area but was apprehended. The suspect was sentenced to death but the sentence was commuted to life. He was subsequently released after serving only 30 years.

Officer Tucker was a U.S Army veteran of the Korean war and had served with the Dallas Police Department for 18 years. He was survived by his wife and three children.


  • Age 40
  • Tour 18 years
  • Badge 1181
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .357 caliber
  • Offender Released after 30 years


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Officer Tucker,
On today, the 50th anniversary f your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just for your Community but for our Country as well when you served with the U.S. Army during the Korean War. And t your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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December 13, 2023

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