Detention Officer Gene Lee
Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office, Arizona
End of Watch Wednesday, October 30, 2019
Tour 6 yearsBadge Not available
Incident Date Tuesday, October 29, 2019
Offender In custody
Detention Officer Gene Lee succumbed to injuries sustained the previous day when he was assaulted by an inmate Lower Buckeye Jail.
The inmate attacked Officer Lee without provocation, grabbing him by the neck and sweeping his legs out from below him. Officer Lee’s suffered a severe head injury when his head struck the concrete floor.
Other officers and jail medical staff provided aid until he was transported to Banner University Medical Center. He died the following day without regaining consciousness.
Officer Lee had served with the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office for six years. He is survived by his wife and two children.
Please contact the following agency to send condolences or to obtain funeral arrangements:
Sheriff Paul Penzone
Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office
550 W. Jackson Street
Phoenix, AZ 85003
Phone: (602) 876-1000