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Deputy Sheriff Frank Lightner Armstrong | Augusta County Sheriff's Office, Virginia Augusta County Sheriff's Office, Virginia

Deputy Sheriff

Frank Lightner Armstrong

Augusta County Sheriff's Office, Virginia

End of Watch: Saturday, August 23, 1941

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 40

Tour: 6 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Shot and killed

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Deputy Frank Armstrong was shot and killed as he and the sheriff attempted to serve a lunacy warrant on a man at his home. The suspect opened fire, fatally wounding Deputy Armstrong and wounding the sheriff.

The Staunton police chief was shot and wounded several hours later as he lead a posse to arrest the suspect. Other posse members returned fire, killing the suspect.

Deputy Armstrong had served with the agency for 6 years. He was survived by his wife and daughter.

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 69th 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

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater
August 23, 2010


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