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Policeman Ernest Carl Armstrong | Tullahoma Police Department, Tennessee Tullahoma Police Department, Tennessee


Ernest Carl Armstrong

Tullahoma Police Department, Tennessee

End of Watch: Monday, December 3, 1934

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 39

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; .45 caliber

Offender: Not available

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Policeman Ernest Armstrong, Policeman Charles Holt, and Patrolman Lindsey Smith, of the Tennessee Highway Patrol, were shot and killed after responding to a domestic dispute.

Policeman Armstrong was the first officer to arrive at the scene and was shot by the drunk suspect. The suspect opened fire with a .45 caliber handgun, striking Policeman Armstrong's badge and a second shot striking his spinal cord. Altough wounded, he was able to return fire and struck the suspect in the arm.

The suspect fled to a nearby church and hid in the crawl space beneath the building. Policeman Holt and Patrolman Smith responded to the church and located the suspect. Policeman Holt and the suspect exchanged shots and Policeman Holt was fatally wounded. As the suspect came around the corner of the building he shot Patrolman Smith twice, seriously wounding him. A second highway patrolman returned fire and killed the suspect.

Policeman Armstrong and Patrolman Lindsay were transported to Protestant Hospital where they both succumbed to their wounds several days later.

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Policeman Charles Holt
Tullahoma Police Department, Tennessee
End of Watch: Monday, December 3, 1934
Cause: Gunfire

Patrolman Lindsey Blake Smith
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End of Watch: Monday, December 17, 1934
Cause: Gunfire

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 77th 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
mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, PPD, eow 4/24/05
December 10, 2011


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