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Deputy Sheriff Orville McNish | Washington County Sheriff's Office, Virginia Washington County Sheriff's Office, Virginia

Deputy Sheriff

Orville McNish

Washington County Sheriff's Office, Virginia

End of Watch: Monday, November 7, 1960

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 53

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Rifle

Offender: Committed suicide

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Deputy McNish was shot and killed by a suspect who was holding his four sons hostage after murdering his wife, aunt, and aunt's friend the previous night. Officers had fired tear gas into the home 10 hours into the standoff, igniting a fire inside the structure. Deputy McNish was on the back porch of the home attempting to put out the fire when the suspect shot him in the chest with a rifle.

The suspect then fled from the house and committed suicide minutes later.

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 50th 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.

The perpetrator could have saved a lot of grief if he had just taken his own life at the beginning instead of causing the deaths of four innoncents and then taking his life.
Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater
November 7, 2010

 

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