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Chief of Police David Reasons | Stantonsburg Police Department, North Carolina Stantonsburg Police Department, North Carolina

Chief of Police

David Reasons

Stantonsburg Police Department, North Carolina

End of Watch: Monday, September 19, 1966

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 62

Tour: 10 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; .22 caliber

Offender: Paroled in 1983

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Chief Reasons was shot and killed while responding to a domestic disturbance.

As Chief Reasons and another officer entered the home they were confronted by the husband, who was armed with a .22 caliber pistol. As the officers backed out of the home Chief Reasons slammed the door on the suspect's arm. The suspect then fired four shots, striking Chief Reasons in the chest three times, killing him.

The other officer, who was armed only with a nightstick, grabbed Chief Reasons' revolver from its holster and returned fire, wounding the suspect. The man was convicted of murdering Chief Reasons and sentenced to life in prison. He was paroled on July 5, 1983.

Chief Reasons had served with the agency for 10 years. He was survived by his wife and two children.

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 43rd anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya

September 19, 2009


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