Deputy Sheriff Bernard A. Puryear, Sr.

Deputy Sheriff Bernard A. Puryear, Sr.

Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office, Virginia

End of Watch Monday, December 30, 1929

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Bernard A. Puryear, Sr.

Deputy Sheriff Bernard Puryear and Police Officer Malcolm Tuck, of the Clarksville Police Department, were shot and killed while raiding a still three miles east of Clarksville.

Both officers were transported to a hospital in Oxford, North Carolina, where they succumbed to their wounds.

The suspect was originally sentenced to death, but the sentence was overturned by the Supreme Court of Appeals. He was sentenced to 20 years at a second trial.


  • Age 56
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender Sentenced to 20 years

alcohol violation

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 82nd 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.

You will always be honored and revered as time never diminishes,

Rest In Peace

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

December 30, 2011

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