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Prison Guard Ernest B. Hux | North Carolina Department of Public Safety - Division of Prisons, North Carolina North Carolina Department of Public Safety - Division of Prisons, North Carolina

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Ernest B. Hux

North Carolina Department of Public Safety - Division of Prisons, North Carolina

End of Watch: Thursday, August 30, 1934

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 34

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire (Accidental)

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Guard Ernest Hux was accidentally shot and killed by a fellow guard during an attempted break for freedom by five convicts at the Caledonia Prison Farm in Halifax County.

The convicts overpowered Guard Hux, disarmed him, commandeered a guard's car, and with Guard Hux held hostage started to flee. Two fellow guards gave pursuit and in an ensuing gun battle Guard Hux was struck in the head by a load of buck-shot fired by one of the guards. All five convicts surrendered and were taken into custody.

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 75th 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 who was murdered in the the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

I also noted that the prison escape in which you were killed occurred 8 years to the day of another escape in the same prison in which you worked. In the 1926 escape another officer was killed.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater
August 30, 2009

 

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