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Assistant Chief Thomas S. Church | Johnson City Police Department, Tennessee Johnson City Police Department, Tennessee

Assistant Chief

Thomas S. Church

Johnson City Police Department, Tennessee

End of Watch: Sunday, January 8, 1928

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 47

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; Revolver

Offender: Shot and killed

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Assistant Chief Thomas Church was shot and killed when he and another officer attempted to arrest a man for drunkenness.

The man resisted arrest and displayed a revolver. The two officers attempted to disarm him but he fired, striking Assistant Chief Church in the abdomen.

Despite being mortally wounded, Assistant Chief Church returned fire and killed the suspect.

Assistant Chief Church's last request before dying was that he be buried in his uniform. He was survived by his wife.

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 84th 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.

Your memory will always be honored and revered. You were definitely a cop's cop as evidenced by your dying desire to be buried in your uniform,

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05
January 8, 2012


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