Patrol Officer David Alan Marshall

Patrol Officer David Alan Marshall

Texas Christian University Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Saturday, May 1, 2021

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David Alan Marshall

Patrol Officer David Marshall died from complications as the result of contracting COVID-19 in the line of duty.

Officer Marshall was a United States Army veteran of the Gulf War. He had served with the Texas Christian University Police Department for five years and had previously served with the Fort Worth Police Department for 30 years. He is survived by his wife, two daughters, son, grandchildren, mother, and two brothers.

Officer Marshall was a first cousin three times removed of Constable Leonard Walker who was shot and killed in the line of duty on September 22nd, 1928, while serving with the Tyler County Constable's Office - Precinct 5, Texas.

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 61
  • Tour 35 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause COVID19
  • Incident Date Friday, January 15, 2021

communicable disease, COVID-19

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My favorite years with the Fort Worth PD were when we served together as co-sergeants in patrol and the Gang Unit. We became the best of friends, and I considered Dave my brother. Dave was also one of my black belts in karate; his wife Kathy and kids Steve and Tori are brown belts. Dave's love for his family was absolute. He also loved the officers on his teams. Dave and I had some close calls; he once nearly drowned in an abandoned granary where he was sucked under like quicksand and barely made it out alive. What I miss the most is his joyful sense of comedy. He reminded me of Red Skelton and especially Bill Murray. Dave was mistaken for Bill Murray by casino employees when he last went to Los Vegas with his family. I thank our God for having Dave in my life, and I will forever have a place for Dave and his family in my heart. Philippians 3:1 Richard Morris

Deputy Constable Richard Morris

July 31, 2022

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