Deputy Sheriff Frank Lightner Armstrong

Deputy Sheriff Frank Lightner Armstrong

Augusta County Sheriff's Office, Virginia

End of Watch Saturday, August 23, 1941

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Frank Lightner Armstrong

Deputy Frank Armstrong was shot and killed as he and the sheriff attempted to serve a lunacy warrant on a man at his home. The suspect opened fire, fatally wounding Deputy Armstrong and wounding the sheriff.

The Staunton police chief was shot and wounded several hours later as he lead a posse to arrest the suspect. Other posse members returned fire, killing the suspect.

Deputy Armstrong had served with the agency for 6 years. He was survived by his wife and daughter.


  • Age 40
  • Tour 6 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Shot and killed

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 69th 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.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

August 23, 2010

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