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Night Chief John H. Crisfield Police Department, Maryland

Night Chief

John H. "Jack Hen" Daugherty

Crisfield Police Department, Maryland

End of Watch: Sunday, July 28, 1907

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 52

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; .44 caliber

Offender: Beaten to death

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Night Chief John Daugherty was shot and killed as he and another officer walked a prisoner to jail.

The two officers had just arrested the man for selling whiskey. A friend of the man witnessed the arrest and obtained a .44 caliber revolver. The friend followed the officers and prisoner for about half a block, and shot Night Chief Daugherty in the back of the head without warning, killing him instantly.

The suspect fled the scene and attempted to escape into Virginia by taking a sailboat. A posse of citizens caught up to him, returned him to Crisfield, and then beat and lynched him.

Night Chief Daugherty was survived by his wife and five 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 106th 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 21, 2013

 

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