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Special Constable John B. Drummond | Brunswick County Constable's Office, Virginia Brunswick County Constable's Office, Virginia

Special Constable

John B. Drummond

Brunswick County Constable's Office, Virginia

End of Watch: Friday, December 24, 1869

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 50

Tour: 2 days

Badge # Not available

Military veteran

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Rifle

Offender: Executed in 1871

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Special Constable John Drummond was shot and killed while attempting to arrest a man who had threatened a citizen four days earlier.

Constable Drummond had been deputized as a special constable and given the warrant to serve on the suspect. Constable Drummond then enlisted the help of several neighbors to help him make the arrest.

When posse located the two men on a road at approximately 3:00 pm. The men immediately dismounted their horses and the wanted man took cover in a cluster of pine trees. As Constable Drummond finished reading the warrant the man opened fire with a carbine rifle, striking him in the chest.

Both suspects fled the scene and remained at large for almost one year before being arrested. Their trial was moved to Greensville County, where both men were subsequently convicted of murder and sentenced to death. The man who fired the fatal shot was declared insane and remanded to a state asylum. The accomplice was executed by hanging in Greensville County on July 22, 1871.

Constable Drummond was a Confederate Army veteran of the Civil War. He had served as a special constable for only two days. He was survived by his wife, two sons, and two daughters.

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 142nd 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.

How ironic that you managed to escape being killed in the Civil War yet be gunned down enforcing a warrant a few years after the war ended.

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



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Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05
December 25, 2011

 

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