Sergeant Vincent Tyrone Tatum

Sergeant Vincent Tyrone Tatum

Nevada Department of Corrections, Nevada

End of Watch Thursday, September 2, 1982

Vincent Tyrone Tatum

Sergeant Vincent Tatum was abducted, beaten, and shot four times in the head after finishing his shift at the Southern Desert Correctional Center. His body was found in the desert near Las Vegas a month later.

He was conducting an internal investigation involving contraband being smuggled into the prison by prison employees. It is believed that he was murdered to hamper the investigation. No arrest were ever made. His case remains unsolved.

Sergeant Tatum had served with the Nevada Department of Corrections for four years. He was survived by his wife and one child.


  • Age 25
  • Tour 4 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Never identified

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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 31rst anniversary year of your death. I am privileged to be among the first 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
mom of fallen Pittsburg (CA) officer Larry Lasater

August 15, 2013

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