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Deputy Sheriff Thomas William Procter | Lafourche Parish Sheriff's Department, Louisiana Lafourche Parish Sheriff's Department, Louisiana

Deputy Sheriff

Thomas William Procter

Lafourche Parish Sheriff's Department, Louisiana

End of Watch: Saturday, May 20, 1978

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 35

Tour: 2 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 5/6/1978

Weapon: Officer's handgun

Offender: Released from prison

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Deputy Thomas Procter died of a gunshot wound he received after responding to a shoplifting call at a grocery store. When Deputy Procter arrived the store security officers had the shoplifting suspect in custody. As Deputy Procter was gathering information, the shoplifters boyfriend appeared and began a disturbance.

When the officer approached the boyfriend, he was attacked and the suspect was able to gain control of Deputy Procter's sidearm. The suspect then fired one shot, striking Deputy Procter. Deputy Procter was removed to the hospital where he died two weeks later of his wound.

The suspect was convicted and sentenced to prison. He was later released and placed on probation.

Deputy Procter had served with the LaFourche Parish Sheriff's Department for 2 years and was survived by his two daughters and one son.

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Time may have passed but you are not forgotten. I believe as long as someone remembers you or speaks your name, you are still with us.
Thank you for your heroism.
God Bless

Detention Officer A.Zambito
May 20, 2015


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