Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Constable Darrell Edward Lunsford, Sr.

Nacogdoches County Constable's Office - Precinct 3, Texas

End of Watch Wednesday, January 23, 1991

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Reflections for Constable Darrell Edward Lunsford, Sr.

Rest in Peace

Senior Trooper
Texas Dept of Public Safety

August 27, 2023

You are not forgotten. I live in Nacogdoches near Garrison, TX. Thinking of what happened as I travel that road, I wonder about his wife and children all these years later. You are not just a name or a tragic event; you were a man with a family, trying to make this world a safer place for all of us. With love and prayers

Donna Cornwall
daughter of Houston Police Officer, HC Sutton

May 17, 2023

Rip Sir,

I think about this tragic incident all the time.

Godspeed to your family, friends and the Nacogdoches County Constable's Office - Precinct 3.

Never forgotten. I’m

Kelly Brooks
Houston PD

July 17, 2022

I have never met you, nor am I in the police force however, I am a student in a Police Foundations Program in Ontario, Canada and indeed the dashcam footage is being used as a training and educational tool here as well. I thank you for your service and extend my thoughts to your friends, family, co-workers and all who put their lives on the line in service to others.

Deborah Burns
St. Lawrence College

October 9, 2021

I was in the 5th grade when this happened. I remember that day like it was yesterday. Every time I pass by the building in Garrison which used to be Lunsford Garage (I don't recall the exact name), I think about Constable Lunsford. I am presuming someone in his family owned the building at the time. Rest in peace, Constable. You are gone, but not forgotten.

J. Patrick Capps

January 25, 2021

30 years ago today. I’m very sorry this happened to you and your family. But you died a Hero & your sacrifice has helped countless officers.
These days folks are tripping over themselves to be ‘police reformers’. But you didn’t need reform, you were protecting society from evil. For that, I am grateful and will never forget.

Dave McCann, President
FOP Lodge 104

January 23, 2021

I think back many years ago in the Academy, sitting in that classroom and watching the video of your horrific death, and it’s as strong and sickening now as it was then. You are and will forever be a hero and please rest in peace always knowing that your service and sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

January 23, 2021

Constable Lunsford,
On today, the 30th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Nacogdoches County. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

January 23, 2021

RIP Constable. Though we never met, you were friends with officers I worked with in the Webster/Clear Lake area. south of Houston. You were a helluva man and good cop. Gud bless.

Captain P. M. Larkin
Galveston County Pct. 1

April 2, 2018

Though I did not know Darrell personally, I knew his family since his father was a paster at the First Baptist Church (formerly Friendship Baptist) in Manvel, Texas; I was baptized by his father. I served in law enforcement at the time Darrel was killed. Darrel's use of video, at his own expense, laid the groundwork that has saved numerous law enforcement officers across this country

Sergeant (retired)
METRO Police Department, Houston, Texas

October 20, 2017

Rest In Peace. Like so many others have said I too watched the video of your murder as a police recruit. It is never easy to watch a man die, even if it is only on video. I hope that your death taught me and all the others who witnessed it something to help us live.

ECO Keith R. Levanway
New York State Environmental Conservation Police

January 23, 2017

I remember the day this happened. Even though it was a tragedy to lose an officer in this manner, the video of your death has helped to save countless officers lives. Thank you for your service and may you Rest In Peace.

Lt. Milton E. Proctor
Deer Park Police Dept, Oh (Ret)

December 30, 2014

I saw the video while attending the police academy in 1994. I never, ever forgot about the manner of his that I learned by watching it to always maintain CONTROL of people I was dealing with. I never let anyone out of a vehicle that I did not want or need out of a vehicle during traffic stops. I learned early on to watch people and their "body talk" and to observe them to try to determine if they were positioning themselves to take me down. It was so sad to see Constable Lunsford being "circled" by these vultures for the end result.

Sergeant A. G. (Ret.)

January 17, 2014

I just saw his story again on Justice Files. Makes me cry every time. RIP officer.

Janie Flowers

July 5, 2013

It's difficult to speak of you and not feel strong emotions. Every time I watch the video of the night you were taken from us I have to make a conscious effort to breath. I never had the honor of meeting you but I feel a sense of loss when I think of you. Your sacrifice was not in vain. Only The Lord knows how many of our brothers and sisters are alive today because of your service and sacrifice. You are a hero who continues to inspire, teach, and save lives. I will always respect and honor you. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your brave and honorable service. Rest easy my brother

Herb Fernandez
Detention Corporal
Midland County Sheriff's Office TX
Honor Guard Member

March 29, 2013

RIP! Hope this never happens to me and the other officers out there!

Aspiring Swat Member

January 31, 2013

Rest in peace sir. Never forgotten


July 18, 2012

Constable Lunsford, I have watched your video in the academy and many times after. You are a true hero in my book. Thank you for your service. You will always be remembered.

Patrol Deputy Thomas Ray
Delta County Sheriff's Office

July 5, 2012

God Bless Constable Lunsford

Calgary Fire Department

April 11, 2012



March 26, 2012

You were a true Hero Sir. You were the 1st Officer that ever to have such an act recorded on dash cam. Because of that video, it help save a lot of peace officers life. I first saw it my freshman year in college and it touched all of us. Now several years later, I get the chance to let you know the impact you had. You will never be forgotten and I will continue to pray for your family. Rest in Peace now and we will take it from here. Thank you for your service Sir.

James Kotke
Civilian / Former Officer
WSF Park Police (Wi.)

January 26, 2012

Your heroism and service is honored today, the twenty-first anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never dimishes respect, and your memory will always be honored and revered. I pray for the solace of all those who love and remember you for I know both the pain and pride are forever. I hold your family in my heart's embrace today.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

January 23, 2012

Hoy, tomé unas Selecciones Readers Digest del año 1994 que tenía entre mis libros y leí una historia llamada de la siguiente manera: "El policía que delató a sus enemigos". Me impactó mucho, por eso no pude dejar de entrar a internet y ver al hombre que fue asesinado ese día. Me alegra que hasta el día de hoy lo recuerden con tanto cariño. Aunque nada tengo que ver en este asunto, la historia me conmovió, por eso quise dejar este mensaje de agradecimiento desde Chile.

Loreto González
Profesora / Chile

September 15, 2011

There aren't many days that go by where you aren't in our would be so proud of your grandchildren and who they are becoming! Your son has done well with his family. We know you are watching from above and you now have Dad there to share your stories with once again....God Bless You for everything you did here......we will all see you in Heaven again one day!

Dina Reynolds

August 18, 2011

Constable Lunsford, you will not be forgotten! R.I.P.

Deputy Sheriff
Livingston County (Il) Sheriff's Ofc.

April 12, 2011

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