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Police Officer Elvas Matthews | Xenia Police Department, Ohio Xenia Police Department, Ohio

Police Officer

Elvas Matthews

Xenia Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch: Thursday, December 21, 1922

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 28

Tour: 3 months

Badge # 1

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Paroled in 1945

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Officer Elvas Matthews was shot and killed while walking his beat in downtown Xenia. A suspect approached him from behind and shot him without provocation.

The suspect was arrested a short time later after he boasted to friends that two notches on the butt of his pistol represented two dead police officers. It was determined that he had murdered Patrolman Emery McCreight, of the Wilmington Police Department, on February 15th, 1922.

The suspect was convicted of Patrolman McCreight's murder and sentenced to life in prison on February 20th, 1923. He was paroled July 30th, 1945.

Officer Matthews had only served with the agency for three months. He is buried at Lawshe Cemetery, Adams County, Ohio.

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Patrolman Emery McCreight
Wilmington Police Department, Ohio
End of Watch: Wednesday, February 15, 1922
Cause: Gunfire

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 89th 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.

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

What possible conduct while incarcerated could have warranted parole after only serving 22 years for murdering two police officers?? This was ravesty of justice for this officer and his family.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05
December 21, 2011


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