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Deputy Sheriff Mose Hill | Gulf County Sheriff's Office, Florida Gulf County Sheriff's Office, Florida

Deputy Sheriff

Mose Hill

Gulf County Sheriff's Office, Florida

End of Watch: Wednesday, May 10, 1950

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 39

Tour: 2 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Assault

Weapon: Blunt object

Offender: Arrested

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Deputy Mose Hill was beaten to death after he responded to a domestic disturbance at a residence in the county's Highland View area.

As Deputy Hill entered the home, the male subject in the dispute attacked him with an old, rusty rifle barrel. Deputy Hill was able to fire one round from his revolver, and struck the suspect in the chest. The shot did not stop the suspect who continued beating Deputy Hill until a member of a nearby utility crew tackled him.

Deputy Hill was taken to a local hospital where he succumbed to his wounds that night. The suspect, who had served prison time for an earlier murder, was arrested at the same hospital.

The suspect was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to death August 25, 1950. On March 4, 1952, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the murder conviction stating that Deputy Hill had no right to enter the suspect's home without a warrant. The Gulf County Court was ordered to resentence the suspect on a manslaughter charge.

Deputy Hill had served with the Gulf County Sheriff's Office for 2 years, and had previously served with the Port St. Joe Police Department. He is survived by his wife and three children.

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 62nd 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 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
May 11, 2012


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