Sergeant Bronc Justin McCoy

Sergeant Bronc Justin McCoy

Dallas Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Monday, November 16, 2020

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Bronc Justin McCoy

Sergeant Bronc McCoy died from complications as the result of contracting COVID-19 in a presumed exposure while on duty.

Sergeant McCoy was a U.S. Navy veteran. He had served with the Dallas Police Department and was assigned to the Southeast Patrol Division. He had previously served with the Smith County Sheriff's Office. He is survived by his two children, mother, father, and two siblings.

The Effects of COVID on Law Enforcement

Beginning in early 2020, thousands of law enforcement officers and other first responders throughout the country began to contract COVID-19 during the worldwide pandemic. Due to the nature of their job, law enforcement officers were required to work and interact with the community even as the majority of the country was self-quarantined. As a result, hundreds of officers died from COVID-related illnesses and other complications.

Corrections agencies, in particular, suffered tremendous losses due to the constant and close proximity between the corrections officers and large inmate populations. Since March 2020, ODMP has verified that over 900 law enforcement officers have died as the result of a confirmed or presumed exposure while on duty and continues to work with hundreds of other agencies that have suffered a COVID-related death.

Visit ODMP's COVID-19 memorial listing every officer who has died as a result of a confirmed or presumed exposure.


  • Age 48
  • Tour 21 years
  • Badge 7739
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause COVID19
  • Incident Date Tuesday, November 3, 2020

communicable disease, COVID-19

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I was in the police academy with Bronc and we sat next to each other because we were seated alphabetically and his last name started with "M" and mine with "L." When we graduated the academy, Bronc ended up going to SE Dallas where he worked his whole career and I ended up going to NW. On top of working on directly opposite ends of the city, we were also on different shifts so we only saw each other a handful of times over the next 20 years.

The last time I saw Bronc, he was the controlling supervisor on a call in SE in March or April of 2020 when COVID first started to ramp up. We talked as if no time had passed, and he was quick to remind me that he loved being a Sergeant in "Gods Country" (Southeast Dallas.) Even as far back as when we were in the academy in 1999, he told me that his goal on the department was to become a Sergeant so that he could take care of his troops. I know from personally talking to people who worked for him, that he was well respected as a supervisor by his troops. Bronc, you achieved every departmental goal that you set out to do. Rest easy brother.

Detective Jeff Loeb #7751
Dallas Police Department

July 18, 2023

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