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Correctional Officer Rex Thompson | Oklahoma Department of Corrections, Oklahoma Oklahoma Department of Corrections, Oklahoma

Correctional Officer

Rex Thompson

Oklahoma Department of Corrections, Oklahoma

End of Watch: Tuesday, September 1, 1981

Bio & Incident Details

Age: Not available

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Assault

Incident Date: 8/31/1981

Weapon: Person

Offender: Released in 1984

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Officer Thompson succumbed to head injuries received the previous day when he was assaulted by a prisoner. Officers were in the process of performing a lock-down due to a prison fight. During the lock-down one of the inmates attacked Officer Thompson near his station at the control center, he fell backwards, hitting his head on a three or four inch steel beam and a concrete sidewalk. Officer Thompson died from blunt force injury to the head.

The 21 year-old suspect had served eight months of a two year sentence for assault with intent to kill. He was convicted of second degree murder and received an additional 10 years. In 1984 his sentence was overturned.

Officer Thompson was survived by his wife and two children.

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 28th 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
September 1, 2009


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