Officer Sam Griffin Lanford

Officer Sam Griffin Lanford

Dallas Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Thursday, June 29, 1933

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Sam Griffin Lanford

Officer Griffin Lanford was shot and killed after he and his partner interrupted a burglary in the 2400 block of North Prarie Avenue.

Officer Lanford was fatally shot by the burglar. His partner wounded the suspect, who was later arrested and executed.

Officer Lanford had served with the Dallas Police Department for six years. He was survived by his wife, daughter, three brothers, and two sisters.


  • Age 42
  • Tour 6 years
  • Badge 170

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Executed


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Officer Lanford,
On today, the 90th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Dallas. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

June 29, 2023

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