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Constable Zebulon Avery County Constable's Office - Elk Park Precinct, North Carolina

Constable

Zebulon "Zeb" Winters

Avery County Constable's Office - Elk Park Precinct, North Carolina

End of Watch: Monday, August 5, 1912

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 48

Tour: 6 months

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Rifle

Offender: Convicted

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Constable Zeb Winters was shot and killed from ambush while en route to investigate a possible murder on Elk River Road near the falls.

Two brothers who were suspected of the murder learned that Constable Winters was going to the scene to examine the body and they setup an ambush at a nearby sawmill. As Constable Winters approached on his horse the suspects opened fire from behind a stack of wood, fatally wounding him.

One subject was arrested and convicted of Constable Winters' murder. His brother was not convicted due to lack of evidence.

Constable Winters had only served with the Avery County Constable's Office for approximately six months. He was survived by his wife, three children, mother, and six brothers. Close to one dozen men who were descendants of Constable Winters served in law enforcement in Avery County, North Carolina and Carter County, Tennessee in the decades after his murder.

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 98th 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.

How sad that politics of the day interfered with you and your family getting any measure of justice for your murder.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater
January 7, 2010

 

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