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Deputy Collector Thomas L. Brayton | United States Department of the Treasury - Office of Internal Revenue, U.S. Government United States Department of the Treasury - Office of Internal Revenue, U.S. Government

Deputy Collector

Thomas L. Brayton

United States Department of the Treasury - Office of Internal Revenue, U.S. Government

End of Watch: Wednesday, July 20, 1881

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 40

Tour: 4 years

Badge # Not available

Military veteran

Cause: Gunfire

Location: South Carolina

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Not available

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Deputy Collector Thomas Brayton was shot and killed while attempting to arrest a man while raiding a still near Central, South Carolina.

The raiding party had located the still shortly before dawn, and then went to the man's home nearby to arrest him. When they arrived the man informed them that if he were going to have to go to Greensville, he would get eat breakfast and get ready first.

As the officers waited for the man to finish his breakfast, the man's wife started creating a disturbance. Deputy Collector Brayton, who had been waiting outside, told the man he must come out and started walking towards the house when he was shot in the chest without warning. The occupants of the house continued firing at the other officers as they retreated from the scene.

The subject who shot Deputy Collector Brayton fled the area. It is not known if he was ever captured.

Deputy Collector Brayton was a Union Army veteran of the Civil War and had served with the Office of Internal Revenue for four years. He was survived by his wife and three children.

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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 132nd anniversary year of your death. I am priviliged 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 Loya
mom of fallen Pittsburg (CA) officer Larry Lasater
January 13, 2013

 

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