Deputy U.S. Marshal Norman E. Sheriff

Deputy U.S. Marshal Norman E. Sheriff

United States Department of Justice - United States Marshals Service, U.S. Government

End of Watch Friday, September 24, 1971

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Norman E. Sheriff

Deputy Marshal Norman Sheriff was shot and killed in Washington, DC, while guarding a prisoner who was attending his father's funeral.

The prisoner's brother had been able to disarm three of the marshals who were guarding the prisoner in the back of the Florida Avenue Baptist Church, at 623 Florida Avenue, NW. As the brother and prisoner attempted to escape from the church they were confronted by Deputy Marshal Sheriff. The suspect opened fire on the marshal, killing him.

The two fled in a car but were stopped two miles away after speeding through a radar trap and leading officers on a short chase. The officers who stopped them were unaware of the shooting at the time.

The suspect was convicted of Deputy Marshal Sheriff's murder and sentenced to life in prison.

Deputy Marshal Sheriff was survived by his wife.


  • Age Not available
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Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Location District of Columbia
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to life

escape attempt

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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 41rst anniversary year 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 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

September 24, 2012

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