Sergeant Darrell Cervandez Curley

Sergeant Darrell Cervandez Curley

Navajo Division of Public Safety, Tribal Police

End of Watch Sunday, June 26, 2011

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Darrell Cervandez Curley

Sergeant Darrell Curley was shot and killed when he and another officer responded to a domestic disturbance in Kaibito, Arizona.

The dispute involved a fight between two brothers at a housing complex. Sergeant Curley attempted to subdue both brothers with pepper spray when they resisted arrest. As he attempted to place them in custody the father of the men opened fire, striking Sergeant Curley. Despite being wounded, Sergeant Curley was able to return fire.

Another officer who had responded to the scene was also shot and wounded. Sergeant Curley was transported to a hospital in Page, Arizona, where he succumbed to his wounds early the following morning.

The father was charged with first-degree murder in the federal courts. In July 2012 he pleaded guilty to second degree murder and was sentenced to only 35 years in prison. The two brothers were charged under tribal laws with homicide, disorderly conduct, and other offenses.

Sergeant Curley had served with the Navajo Division of Public Safety for 25 years and was assigned to the Tuba City District. He is survived by his wife, three children, grandson, parents, siblings.


  • Age 48
  • Tour 26 years
  • Badge 450

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Location Arizona
  • Incident Date Saturday, June 25, 2011
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to 35 years

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This year 2021 marks 10 year anniversary of Sgt. Darrell Curley (EOW 2011). How do I express my years without my hero. My feelings of hurt are still in my heart. I learn to laugh a new laugh. My out look on life is altered in ways sometimes I don't know why. This pain I feel and carry sometimes is much to heavy and I feel at times why me. But through it all I made it this far always alone. I can't bear to think about another 10 years, so I take one moment, day, week at a time. I offen wonder what our life would be like if my hero was still here. I know he would love our grandchildren, they are so precious. I look to the sky with love, sending my eternal love and tears. May the holy spirits always bless and be with all law enforcements and there families. Give them strength as I was given, to make it this far.

Pauline Curley

September 14, 2021

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