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Assistant Probation Officer David McReynolds | Harris County Community Supervision and Corrections Department, Texas Harris County Community Supervision and Corrections Department, Texas

Assistant Probation Officer

David McReynolds

Harris County Community Supervision and Corrections Department, Texas

End of Watch: Sunday, October 28, 1928

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 60

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 10/21/1928

Weapon: Handgun; .45 caliber

Offender: two men sentenced to prison

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A witness saw three men in a coupe pass him and one man fire a pistol into the air six or seven times. The car turned into an alley. In a few moments Assistant Probation Officer David McReynolds came running up to the witness and asked about the shooting, and upon being directed went into the alley. About three minutes later a man ran rapidly out of the alley and was followed by two others, one of whom had in his hand a pistol. Witnesses found Officer McReynolds shot through the body, lying on his face behind the coupe in front of the house. McReynolds was transported to the hospital where he died on Sunday, October 28, 1928.

Pablo Jazo and Enrique Magana were arrested in La Grange, Texas on Friday, October 26, 1928. Magana was in possession of a .45 caliber pistol and 136 rounds of ammunition. They were charged with the murder of Officer McReynolds. The suspects alleged that Officer McReynolds entered the house and immediately opened fire on Magana, and Magana shot and killed him in self defense. Evidence from witnesses said the pistol of McReynolds was in its holster on his body. A number of witnesses examined it and testified without contradiction that it had not been recently fired. They also testified that the front door to the house was locked. Both men were convicted of the murder. Jazo received a 15-year sentence and Magana received a 10-year sentence in prison.

McReynolds was married and had 4 children in 1920 census. He was buried in Granite City, Illinois.

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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 86th anniversary year of your death. I am privileged 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 officer Larry Lasater
January 27, 2014

 

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