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.

Bio

  • 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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I patrolled with Chuck, as we knew him. We were on the same shift for two years. The date of his shooting will live with me forever, as my daughter was born the night he was shot. I think of him often. It was my most singular honor to see to it that his name appears on a wall of remembrance at the Riverbend Church Remembrance Garden in Austin, TX. I miss you, my brother. You are never forgotten.

C. Michael Tucker

September 24, 2020

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