Deputy Sheriff Charles B. Lacey

Deputy Sheriff Charles B. Lacey

Travis County Sheriff's Office, Texas

End of Watch Friday, November 5, 1982

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Charles B. Lacey

Deputy Charles Lacey was shot in the throat by a man he discovered sexually assaulting a woman in a car on February 18, 1981.

The man had murdered two other people earlier in the day before abducting the woman. He had pulled over on the side of the road and was attempting to assault her when Deputy Lacey pulled up behind them. The man immediately drove away but was stopped by Deputy Lacey approximately one mile away.

When Deputy Lacey contacted the driver, he was immediately shot. The wound paralyzed him from the neck down, and he died on November 5, 1982, from complications of the wound.

The woman the suspect was assaulting was able to escape when the man stopped for gas later in the day. The subject was convicted of attempted capital murder and sentenced to 99 years in prison.

Deputy Lacey was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran of the Vietnam War. He had served with Travis County Sheriff's Office for four years and had previously served with the Austin Police Department for five years. He was survived by his wife.


  • Age Not available
  • Tour 9 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Wednesday, February 18, 1981
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to 99 years


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Officer Lacy was a wonderful man! He worked the gate at Austin Speed-O-Rama where I raced Stack Cars in the early 1980's Enjoyed talking with him at the track and was there on Hwy 183 looking for casings the night he got shot. My best friend was with the Volunteer fire department, and we all went out there when we heard he had been shot. Thanks to all the officers for your service. I always try to stop and thanks officers for their service as most people do not understand the dangers you face on the job. The memory of Officer Lacy has always stayed with through the years !

Ken Leathers
Not an officer but just one of the many lifes he touched.

June 8, 2024

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