Cold Case Team Searches for New Evidence in Cop Killing

By Shane Allen
|  Tuesday, Jun 22, 2010  |  Updated 8:45 PM CDT
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Cold Case Team Searches for New Evidence in Cop Killing

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A dive team searches a pond for evidence in a cold case involving the death of a North Texas police officer.

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A law enforcement dive team is hoping to find evidence in the state’s oldest unsolved officer killing, the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office said Tuesday.

Farmers Branch police officer Lowell Tribble was ambushed, shot and killed while he patrolled an apartment complex in his police car on August 27, 1983.  His killers were never caught.

Now, 27 years later, a Dallas Police Department dive team has spent the past two days combing through pond at Hillcrest Estates near Hillcrest and Northaven for new evidence in the case.

Dallas County DA spokesperson Jamille Bradfield wouldn’t comment on what lead them to that area or what crews were searching for. 

This case was one of the first investigators started looking into when Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins opened a cold case unit within his agency.

Corporal Chad Taylor with Farmers Brand Police Department referred all questions to the DA’s office.  The Dallas Police Department public information office confirmed their divers were assisting, but referred all other questions to the DA’s office as well.

Bradfield would not comment any further on the case, saying the investigation was ongoing. 

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