Patrolman M. Jeff Buie

Patrolman M. Jeff Buie

Tyler Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Wednesday, June 26, 1946

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M. Jeff Buie

Patrolman Jeff Buie was stabbed to death while confronting a man on a city bus. The suspect had been ordered to the back of the bus by the driver but cursed at the driver. Patrolman Buie, who was in plainclothes, then ordered the man off of the bus. The suspect pulled out a knife and stabbed Patrolman Buie three times. Patrolman Buie was able to shoot and wound the suspect but also wounded two passengers. Although wounded, he chased the suspect several blocks before collapsing. The suspect was arrested three days later after being wounded in a police shootout.

On September 7, 1946, the suspect, 27, was convicted of murder and sentenced to life. He was paroled on March 25, 1964.

Patrolman Buie had been employed with the Tyler Police Department for 13 months and was the first officer from his agency killed in the line of duty.

He was survived by his wife.


  • Age 46
  • Tour 1 year
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Stabbed
  • Weapon Edged weapon; Knife
  • Offender Paroled in 1964

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Patrolman Buie,
On today, the 75th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Tyler. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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June 26, 2021

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