Correctional Officer Brent W. Lumley

Correctional Officer Brent W. Lumley

Arizona Department of Corrections, Arizona

End of Watch Friday, March 7, 1997

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Brent W. Lumley

Correctional Officer Brent Lumley was killed when he was stabbed in the neck with a homemade knife in the San Juan Unit.

He was attacked by six inmates and stabbed while other inmates kept his partner's attention diverted. Two of the inmates were convicted of his murder.

Officer Lumley had served with the Arizona Department of Corrections for five years. He is survived by his wife, three-year-old son, mother, father, two brothers, and his two surviving triplet brothers.

In recognition of his sacrifice, the San Juan Unit where Officer Lumley worked was renamed the Lumley Unit.


  • Age 33
  • Tour 5 years
  • Badge 2266

Incident Details

  • Cause Assault
  • Weapon Edged weapon; Knife
  • Offender Convicted of murder

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March 7th, 1997 is a day that changed my life and that of all of us who were proud and lucky to have served with this man forever, Officer Lumley was a good man, who did his job the right way. I will never forget when the call went out for an officer down, I was assigned Complex Security as the tool control officer at the time and I was conducting my final count of the day, as my shift was ending, once we got all the inmates locked down I was told I could leave, but I declined to leave, instead helping out however I could. At his funeral I had a very emotional talk with my Warden at the time, telling him that I did not think that I could do this anymore, he allowed me to cry and helped me get through all that I was feeling and advised me that I could honor this fine man by continuing to do my job the right way. I did end up leaving about a year later to take a job to better care for my family, nut the events of that day have never left me nor any of us who were on shift that day. Each of us still strive each and every day to honor this man.

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