Colo. inmate paints tributes to fallen deputies on jail walls

The inmate has painted murals to honor law enforcement


By News Staff

CASTLE ROCK, Colo. —  An inmate at the Douglas County Justice Center is using his artistic skills to honor fallen officers.

According to FOX 31, Inmate Lucas Mefford has painted an American flag, a hero’s flag and two badges honoring fallen officers.

"I was about 2 or 3 when I started drawing," Mefford told FOX 31. "I was always just a quiet kid. I'd just sit back and get lost in artwork."

Mefford is serving time for violating his parole.

"I had a pistol on me," he said. "And obviously, I'm not supposed to have firearms because of the fact that I'm a felon."

A few months earlier, a chaplain stumbled upon Mefford’s artwork, prompting jail staff to ask if he would be interested in drawing an American flag in the booking lobby.

"I said, 'Yeah.' You know? Art needs to be shared," Mefford said.

His skills were so impressive he was asked to paint murals of fallen Douglas County deputies Zack Parrish and Donald King.

Mefford is scheduled to be released later this year and hopes to never see those murals again.

"I'm just looking to live life, I'm tired of doing this, tired of being in and out all the time," he said.

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