Police Officer Sunny Ma Lov

Police Officer Sunny Ma Lov

Dallas Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Sunday, November 4, 1990

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Sunny Ma Lov

Police Officer Sunny Lov was struck and killed by a stolen car while directing traffic around an accident scene at the North Central Expressway near Meadow Road.

The driver of a stolen vehicle drove through a line of road flares and struck Officer Lov, who was thrown 119 feet into the opposite lanes of traffic. He died at the scene.

The subject driving the vehicle was found a few hours later, after abandoning the wrecked vehicle. He was charged with murder and subsequently sentenced to 10 years in prison.

Officer Lov, who was fluent in six languages, escaped the killing fields of Cambodia and came to the United States to start a new life that was cut short just two years into his career with the Dallas Police Department. He is survived by his wife, two daughters, and two sons.


  • Age 39
  • Tour 2 years, 1 month
  • Badge 5892

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicular assault

directing traffic

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I'm just finding this article. I was there when this God awful incident happened. I had moved into the lane next over from the fast lane waiting to exit. I saw the car in my rear view coming up on me really fast. Officer Lov was about two car lengths from me in the fast lane settin down flares. As the car came nearer I realized they weren't stopping and the officer was at high risk. I was fixing to move over into fast lane and use my truck as a barrier between the car and Officer Sunny, thinking the truck would take the impact and the officer would have a chance to dive for cover. The car blew past me before I could. Officer Sunny was bent over placing a flare, looked up and saw car coming. He stood up as car hit him. The car hit the brakes right when he hit the officer. I have never witnessed anything like that in my life. I am so sorry for this family's loss. I have never forgotten that early morning. God bless ya'll.

Heidi Harber
Witness to accident

August 5, 2019

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