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Deputy Sheriff James E. Thomas | Lee County Sheriff's Office, North Carolina Lee County Sheriff's Office, North Carolina

Deputy Sheriff

James E. Thomas

Lee County Sheriff's Office, North Carolina

End of Watch: Saturday, April 11, 1936

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 31

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Sentenced to 18 to 28 years

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Deputy Thomas was shot and killed as he and several other deputies raided a still in a heavily wooded area of the county. One of three men opened fire on the group, killing Deputy Thomas and wounding a second deputy. The shooter was wounded in the return fire and taken into custody. The other two were able to escape but were apprehended later in the day.

The suspect was convicted of second degree murder and sentenced to 18 to 28 years in prison.

Deputy Thomas was survived by his wife.

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the seventy third anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service to my home state and the birthplace of my son. 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

mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater
April 12, 2009


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