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Patrolman Jimmy Yocum | El Dorado Police Department, Arkansas El Dorado Police Department, Arkansas

Patrolman

Jimmy Yocum

El Dorado Police Department, Arkansas

End of Watch: Wednesday, July 21, 1937

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 57

Tour: 4 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Executed in 1937

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Patrolman Jimmy Yocum was shot and killed as he and other officers attempted to arrest two robbery suspects. The two suspects had robbed a pharmacy at the intersection of South Washington Street and Hillsboro Street and were fleeing town when they were spotted by another El Dorado officer.

The officer followed the vehicle until it turned off of Magnolia Highway onto a country road. The officer summoned other officers and Union County deputies to the scene. They located the getaway vehicle and two occupants a short time later and attempted to remove them from the vehicle. The passenger exited and opened fire, striking Patrolman Yocum in the chest. The shooter was wounded by return fire and both suspects were taken into custody.

The shooter was sentenced to death for Officer Yocum's murder and executed at the Arkansas Department of Correction Tucker Farm Unit on September 3, 1937. The other suspect found guilty of second degree murder and sentenced to 5 years in prison.

Patrolman Yocum had served with the agency for 4 years. He was survived by his wife.

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To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 76th anniversary year of your death. I am priviliged to be among the first to leave a tribute to you. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered. Rest In Peace

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen Pittsburg (CA) officer Larry Lasater
January 14, 2013

 

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