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Captain James Edward Myers | Orangeburg Department of Public Safety, South Carolina Orangeburg Department of Public Safety, South Carolina


James Edward Myers

Orangeburg Department of Public Safety, South Carolina

End of Watch: Sunday, July 18, 2004

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 56

Tour: 30 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Sentenced to death

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Captain James Myers was shot and killed by a man who was on a cross-country crime spree in which he had already murdered one person.

The suspect was fleeing a nearby gas station after attempting to use a stolen credit card when he came on to Captain Myers' farm, and was confronted by the captain. The suspect shot Captain Myers nine times and then attempted to burn his body using diesel fuel.

The suspect then stole Captain Myers' department vehicle. He was apprehended three days later in Satellite Beach, Florida, when officers located him the vehicle.

On November 30, 2006, the suspect plead guilty to murdering Captain Myers. He was sentenced to death on December 8, 2006.

Captain Myers had served with the Orangeburg Department of Public Safety for 11 years, and had served in law enforcement for 30 years. He is 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 ninth 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 11, 2013


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