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Deputy Sheriff John James Arthur Cobain | Grays Harbor County Sheriff's Office, Washington Grays Harbor County Sheriff's Office, Washington

Deputy Sheriff

John James Arthur Cobain

Grays Harbor County Sheriff's Office, Washington

End of Watch: Thursday, September 8, 1938

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 49

Tour: 15 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire (Accidental)

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Deputy John Cobain was accidentally shot and killed when his service weapon fell from his hip holster as he reached for a cigarette.

When the gun struck the floor it discharged, striking him in the hip and traveling through his vital organs. Not realizing he had been shot, Deputy Cobain reached down to retrieve the gun, and asked if anyone had been hit. He then collapsed and succumbed to his wound.

Deputy Cobain was survived by his four sons, daughter, mother, three brothers, and three sisters. He was preceded in death by one son.

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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 75th 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
May 1, 2013

 

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