Correctional Officer Theodore J. Buckley

Correctional Officer Theodore J. Buckley

Arizona Department of Corrections, Arizona

End of Watch Friday, June 22, 1973

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Theodore J. Buckley

Correctional Officer Ted Buckley and Correctional Officer Dale Morey were both beaten and stabbed during a prison uprising at the Arizona State Prison in Florence.

Officer Morey had been attacked in a prison cell block and badly beaten. Officer Buckley had gone to his assistance when he was also attacked.

Four inmates were charged with the officers' murders. One, 18, was convicted of two counts of first-degree murder and sentenced to two life sentences on March 4th, 1974. Charges against the other three were dismissed.

Officer Buckley was a United States Army veteran and had served with the Arizona Department of Corrections for six months. He was survived by his wife and three children.


  • Age 26
  • Tour 6 months
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Stabbed
  • Weapon Edged weapon; Knife
  • Offender Sentenced to life

prison riot

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


United States Border Patrol

June 22, 2023

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