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Sheriff James H. Black | Lamar County Sheriff's Office, Texas Lamar County Sheriff's Office, Texas


James H. Black

Lamar County Sheriff's Office, Texas

End of Watch: Sunday, November 16, 1884

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 35

Tour: 2 weeks

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Convicted of murder

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Sheriff Black was shot and killed after winning a hotly contested election for Sheriff two weeks earlier. The incumbent sheriff and two deputies helped a prisoner escape with the understanding that the prisoner would kill the sheriff-elect. The suspect went to Sheriff Black's house where he killed him. The incumbent sheriff and the two deputies were charged with murder. The escapee was later found dead.

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 125th 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. It is unfortunate that corruption was at the root cause of your death.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis L. Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater
November 16, 2009


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