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Deputy Constable Mordica W. Hurdleston | Tarrant County Constable's Office - Precinct 1, Texas Tarrant County Constable's Office - Precinct 1, Texas

Deputy Constable

Mordica W. Hurdleston

Tarrant County Constable's Office - Precinct 1, Texas

End of Watch: Sunday, October 9, 1927

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 58

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Sentenced to 35 years

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Deputy Constable Hurdleston was shot and killed while investigating the sounds of gunfire near the intersection of East 17th Street and Terry Street.

Deputy Constable Hurdleston had been out with family, serving court papers in the area, when he heard the shots. He exited his car and walked to the scene of the shooting. The man who had fired the shots immediately shot him in the chest twice, killing him. The 30-year-olld suspect fled the scene but was arrested a short time later at his home. He was convicted of murder and sentenced to 35 years in prison. He was paroled in 1942. In 1951 he was convicted of attempted murder, after he shot a man four times in Dallas, and sentenced to 15 years. He died in prison November 15, 1952.

Deputy Constable Hurdleston had previously served as Police Commissioner of the Fort Worth Police Department. He 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 86th anniversary year of your death. I am privileged 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 officer Larry Lasater
November 6, 2013

 

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