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Deputy Sheriff James Morefield | Scott County Sheriff's Office, Virginia Scott County Sheriff's Office, Virginia

Deputy Sheriff

James Morefield

Scott County Sheriff's Office, Virginia

End of Watch: Sunday, April 5, 1908

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 45

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Apprehended

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Deputy James Morefield was shot and killed while attempting to arrest a suspect wanted for two murders in West Virginia.

He had been notified that the suspect was working at a railroad camp near Speer's Ferry.

Deputy Morefield issued a warrant for the suspect and deputized three citizens to assist him with the arrest. The officers located the man's shack at around midnight and ordered him to come out. The suspect, along with two other men, exited the shack shooting. One shot struck Deputy Morefield in the chest, killing him.

The three suspects fled into Tennessee but were arrested a short time later. They were returned to Scott County and charged with Deputy Morefield's murder.

Deputy Morefield also served as a county magistrate in Clinchport. He was survived by his wife.

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 104th 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 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
April 5, 2012

 

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