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Lewisville assistant police chief dies at 52

The police department announced the assistant chief, Jay Powell, died early Friday morning from a cardiac event.
Credit: Lewisville Police Department
Lewisville Assistant Police Chief Jay Powell.

LEWISVILLE, Texas — The Lewisville Police Department announced the death of its assistant police chief, who died from a cardiac event early Friday morning. 

The assistant chief, 52-year-old Jay Powell, had been with the department for 29 years, first joining in 1994. He had served as assistant chief since 2014, overseeing operations, and supervising officers in training, traffic, CID and special operations. 

“I am devastated by this loss both professionally and personally,” said Police Chief Kevin Deaver in a statement. “Chief Powell and I grew up together in the Lewisville Police Department, spending much time together over the last 24 years. He was my friend, and I was honored to work alongside him.”

Powell is survived by his wife of 26 years, his mother and father. 

All city flags will be lowered to half-staff until after Powell's funeral, by order of Lewisville Mayor TJ Gilmore. 

“Chief Powell never met a stranger and was always professional, and built community wherever he went,” Gilmore said in a statement. “He loved his community, his family, and especially Halloween. Our City mourns his passing.”

The department said funeral arrangements are pending.

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