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Sheriff Harold Ray Presley | Lee County Sheriff's Department, Mississippi Lee County Sheriff's Department, Mississippi

Sheriff

Harold Ray Presley

Lee County Sheriff's Department, Mississippi

End of Watch: Friday, July 6, 2001

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 53

Tour: 13 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 7/6/2001

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Suspect: Shot and killed

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Sheriff Harold Presley was shot and killed by a suspect who had fled from police earlier in the night.

The suspect had fled the scene of a roadblock and exchanged shots with pursuing officers. He managed to elude officers during a foot chase after crashing his vehicle. Later in the evening, Sheriff Presley received a call from a homeowner whose dogs were barking.

When he arrived on the scene at approximately 5:15 am, he and the homeowner went to a shed on the property. When Sheriff Presley opened the door, the suspect inside immediately opened fire, striking Sheriff Presley several times. Although mortally wounded, Sheriff Presley was able to return fire and kill the suspect as well.

Sheriff Presley had been with the Lee County Sheriff's Department for 13 years, and had been the sheriff for eight years.

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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 11th anniversary year 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 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.

I pray for solace for all those that love and remember you for I know both the pain and pride are forever. Thanks to your friends for sharing their devotion to you through their reflections.

Phyllis Loya
mom of fallen Pittsburg (CA) Officer Larry Lasater
December 30, 2012

 

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