Deputy Sheriff Suzanne Lee Kays

Deputy Sheriff Suzanne Lee Kays

Dallas County Sheriff's Department, Texas

End of Watch Wednesday, January 4, 1989

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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Suzanne would have made an outstanding Deputy for Dallas County. She never had a chance to show us how she could shine. Before she became a Deputy she would help any way she could as a Detention Officer. Always had a smile on her face and a “get it done” attitude.
One of the hardest and proudest things I’ve ever had to do was to stand Honor Guard at her funeral.
Rest In Peace good and faithful servant!

See you someday soon!

June Gunn, Deputy (39 years)
Dallas County Sheriff Department

January 6, 2018

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