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Deputy Sheriff Johnny Alford Swafford | Rhea County Sheriff's Department, Tennessee Rhea County Sheriff's Department, Tennessee

Deputy Sheriff

Johnny Alford Swafford

Rhea County Sheriff's Department, Tennessee

End of Watch: Thursday, November 13, 1975

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 26

Tour: 6 months

Badge # 113

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Sentenced to 99 years

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Deputy Johnny Swafford was shot and killed when he and his partner responded to a domestic disturbance at a mobile home at 2130 hours. As the deputies approached the home the suspect opened fire with a handgun, striking Deputy Swafford in the arm and stomach. His partner returned fire but the suspect fled into a neighboring county.

The suspect was arrested after a lengthy standoff. He was sentenced to 99 years in prison. He was later paroled and put on probation, but killed an elderly man and was sentenced to life in prison and died there.

Deputy Swafford had been with the agency for six months and was survived by his wife, son and daughter.

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 36th 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
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater, PPD, eow 4/24/05
November 13, 2011

 

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