Deputy Sheriff Suzanne Lee Kays

Deputy Sheriff Suzanne Lee Kays

Dallas County Sheriff's Department, Texas

End of Watch Wednesday, January 4, 1989

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Suzanne Lee Kays

Deputy Suzanne Kays was shot and killed with her own weapon after being attacked by a homeless man who had just been released from jail. Deputy Kays was escorting the man from the Lew Sterrett Justice Center when he suddenly turned and punched her, knocking her to the ground. He continued to strike her on the ground and took her gun while they struggled. He then shot and killed her before running toward the booking area where he was confronted by several Dallas Police officers who ordered him to drop the gun. When he refused he was shot in the legs and groin by an officer with a shotgun. He was found incompetent to stand trial and sent to a Texas mental institution.

Deputy Kays had graduated from her academy class only one week before the incident and was on her second shift. She had been in law enforcement for four years.


  • Age 33
  • Tour 4 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Found incompetent

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Sue words cannot express the pain I still feel in my heart from your loss. I love you and miss your presence in my life everyday, especially the holidays because you always made them so special to me. I will forever hurt from your loss and i pray you are dancing up in heaven. My best friend is there with you now also and yall have so much in common. Look after him for me till i can make it there. I love you Sue you were my mom in my eyes noone could ever replace you. Dance in heaven

Shana duckworth
God daughter

December 22, 2020

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