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Deputy Sheriff Lonnie Lewis Freeman | Richmond Sheriff's Office, Virginia Richmond Sheriff's Office, Virginia

Deputy Sheriff

Lonnie Lewis Freeman

Richmond Sheriff's Office, Virginia

End of Watch: Sunday, September 2, 1984

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 32

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Assault

Weapon: Person

Offender: Not available

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Deputy Sheriff Lonnie Freeman was assaulted and strangulated by juvenile inmates at the Richmond City Jail.

The inmates attacked him during an escape attempt, tied him up and stuffed a cloth into his mouth. The cloth prevented him from breathing and he suffocated. The escape attempt was thwarted when another sheriff's deputy saw the juveniles outside of their cellblock and sounded an alarm.

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 26th 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 murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Your death reinforces me the danger and fallacy of minimizing of the mindset that these juvenile offenders are youth to be given consideration because of their age. They are hardened criminals, nothing more and nothing less.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater
September 2, 2010


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