Sheriff Eli M. Rentz

Sheriff Eli M. Rentz

Jackson Parish Sheriff's Department, Louisiana

End of Watch Friday, August 22, 1924

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Eli M. Rentz

Sheriff Rentz was shot and killed with his own service weapon after he and another deputy arrested three moonshiners. The two had parked their car a distance away so they could approach the suspects without being noticed. After handcuffing the three suspects the deputy returned to retrieve the car.

After a few moments the deputy heard a shot and ran back to the scene where he found Sheriff Rentz suffering from a gunshot from his own .44 caliber service revolver.

All three suspects were gone, but were later apprehended. All three were executed by hanging on October 3, 1924.

Sheriff Rentz was survived by his wife, son, and daughter.


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Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Executed in 1924

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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 89th anniversary year of your death. I am priviliged to be among the first 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 Officer Larry Lasater, eow 4/24/05

March 25, 2013

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