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Deputy Sheriff Thomas Asbury Miller County Sheriff's Office, Arkansas

Deputy Sheriff

Thomas Asbury "Berry" Quillin

Miller County Sheriff's Office, Arkansas

End of Watch: Wednesday, August 31, 1932

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 48

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Shotgun

Offender: Apprehended

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Deputy Sheriff Berry Quillin was shot and killed while standing in a drug store in Fouke, Arkansas.

Deputy Quillin's brother was an agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms. It is believed Deputy Quillin was murdered because moonshiners believed that he was supplying his brother with information on stills located in the Fouke area.

A suspect in Deputy Quillin's murder was apprehended and charged with murder. His trial ended with a hung jury. A year earlier another trial in which he was charged with murder ended with a hung jury. In 1937 he was again charged with murder after he shot and killed a man at a nightclub in Miller County. The charge was dismissed when the witnesses failed to show up in court.

Deputy Quillin was survived by his wife and two children.

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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 81rst 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
April 22, 2013

 

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