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Sheriff Tom A. Courtney | Sheridan County Sheriff's Department, Montana Sheridan County Sheriff's Department, Montana

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Tom A. Courtney

Sheridan County Sheriff's Department, Montana

End of Watch: Friday, April 4, 1913

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 37

Tour: 4 months

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Lynched

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Sheriff Tom Courtney and Undersheriff Orson Burmeister were killed while attempting to arrest a man for disturbing the peace.

The man was known for carrying a gun and shot and killed them. When he realized escape was impossible, he surrendered and was placed in the town jail. The local residents broke down the jail doors and lynched him.

Sheriff Courtney had served with the agency for only four months and was survived by his father. He is buried in Antelope Catholic Cemetery in Sheridan County, Wyoming.

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Undersheriff Richard Burmeister
Sheridan County Sheriff's Department, Montana
End of Watch: Friday, April 4, 1913
Cause: Gunfire

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 99th anniversary year 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.

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

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05
April 4, 2012

 

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