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Patrolman Thomas Alonzo Nicholson | Lakeland Police Department, Florida Lakeland Police Department, Florida

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Thomas Alonzo Nicholson

Lakeland Police Department, Florida

End of Watch: Sunday, March 27, 1932

Bio & Incident Details

Age: Not available

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; .38 caliber

Offender: Arrested

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Patrolman Nicholson and Patrolman William Barnett were shot and killed after they responded to a domestic disturbance in North Lakeland. The two officers were struggling with two men when they shot and killed both officers. Other officers arrived at the scene and took both men into custody. It was later determined that both suspects used the same gun and each killed one officer.

Both suspects were convicted of Patrolman Nicholson's and Patrolman Barnett's murder. One of the suspects was sentenced to death on April 18, 1932. He escaped from a mental institution; committed a murder and robbery in Levy County, Florida; and was recaptured. He was executed in the electric chair on November 22, 1943.

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Patrolman William T. Barnett
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End of Watch: Sunday, March 27, 1932
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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 80th 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.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05
March 27, 2012

 

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