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Sergeant Joseph Pierce Horne | West Virginia State Police, West Virginia West Virginia State Police, West Virginia

Sergeant

Joseph Pierce Horne

West Virginia State Police, West Virginia

End of Watch: Monday, September 9, 1946

Bio & Incident Details

Age: Not available

Tour: 20 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 9/9/1946

Weapon: Officer's handgun

Suspect: Executed

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Sergeant Joseph Horne and Sheriff Gay Hovatter, of the Tucker County Sheriff's Department, were shot and killed while arresting a man for stealing a coal truck.

The officers had served the arrest warrant at the man's home and accompanied him inside to obtain personal effects. While inside, the man shot and killed both officers with a pistol he had hidden in his waistband. The suspect then shot Sheriff Hovatter's son, who had accompanied his father.

The suspect fled the scene but was arrested the following day during a massive manhunt. The man was convicted of the murders and executed by hanging.

Sergeant Horne had been employed with the West Virginia State Police for 20 years, and is survived by his wife and young daughter.

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Sheriff O. Gay Hovatter
Tucker County Sheriff's Department, West Virginia
End of Watch: Monday, September 9, 1946
Cause: Gunfire

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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 67th anniversary year of your death. I am priviliged 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 2, 2013

 

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