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Deputy Sheriff Samuel Boyett | Obion County Sheriff's Department, Tennessee Obion County Sheriff's Department, Tennessee

Deputy Sheriff

Samuel Boyett

Obion County Sheriff's Department, Tennessee

End of Watch: Wednesday, July 2, 1930

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 55

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 7/1/1930

Weapon: Handgun; Pistol

Offender: Apprehended

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Deputy Boyett was shot and killed by the brother of a suspect he had arrested earlier in the night.

Deputy Boyett had obtained information concerning the location of an escaped fugitive from the Trimble, Tennessee jail. The suspect was located and arrested. Charges were filed against the suspect for the assault of a Dyer County woman and for escaping from jail.

The suspect’s brother, learning of the part that Deputy Boyett had played in the arrest of his brother, went to Deputy Boyett’s residence in Mason Hall. Deputy Boyett stepped outside his home and got into an argument with the suspect’s brother. As the argument continued, the suspect’s brother pulled a pistol and shot Deputy Boyett in the head, killing him. The shooting incident was witnessed by Deputy Boyett’s 14 year old son.

The suspect was arrested and convicted of murder. He served time in prison, but was later pardoned by the Governor.

Deputy Boyett was survived by his wife and son.

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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 82nd 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

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05
December 21, 2012


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