Detention Officer Gene Wade Lee

Detention Officer Gene Wade Lee

Maricopa County Sheriff's Office, Arizona

End of Watch Wednesday, October 30, 2019

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Gene Wade Lee

Detention Officer Gene Lee succumbed to injuries sustained the previous day when he was assaulted by an inmate Lower Buckeye Jail.

The inmate attacked Officer Lee without provocation, grabbing him by the neck and sweeping his legs out from below him. Officer Lee's suffered a severe head injury when his head struck the concrete floor.

Other officers and jail medical staff provided aid until he was transported to Banner University Medical Center. He died the following day without regaining consciousness.

Officer Lee had served with the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office for six years. He is survived by his wife and two children.


  • Age 64
  • Tour 6 years
  • Badge B2818

Incident Details

  • Cause Assault
  • Incident Date Tuesday, October 29, 2019
  • Weapon Person
  • Offender In custody

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