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Transport Officer William Lonnie Cox | Tennessee Department of Correction, Tennessee Tennessee Department of Correction, Tennessee

Transport Officer

William Lonnie Cox

Tennessee Department of Correction, Tennessee

End of Watch: Friday, November 9, 1951

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 40

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Location: Kentucky

Weapon: Officer's handgun

Offender: Died in prison

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Transportation Officer William Cox was shot and killed by a fugitive he was returning to Tennessee's Brushy Mountain Prison in Petros. Joe Blevins, a records clerk at the prison, who was with Officer Cox was also killed.

The 22 year-old suspect, serving a three year sentence for receiving stolen property, had escaped from the prison three weeks earlier. Two days later he was recaptured in Louisville, Kentucky.

Officer Cox and Clerk Blevins had stopped with their prisoner at a restaurant near Somerset, Kentucky, for lunch. The handcuffs were removed from the prisoner to permit him to eat. As the three were eating the suspect suddenly snatched Officer Cox's revolver from his holster and opened fire, killing Officer Cox instantly and fatally wounding Clerk Blevins. The suspect fled in Officer Cox's car and abandoned it five miles away in Shafter. The next day he walked into the Somerset Police Department and gave himself up.

The suspect was convicted of two counts of murder. He died at the Kentucky Sate Prison in Eddyville July 2, 1962.

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 60th 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 murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya
mom of fallen officer Larry Lasater, eow 4/24/05
November 9, 2011


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