Deputy U.S. Marshal Robert Sumter

Deputy U.S. Marshal Robert Sumter

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

End of Watch Wednesday, August 9, 1933

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Robert Sumter

Deputy Marshal Robert Sumter was shot and killed near Lehigh, Oklahoma, while serving court papers.

While he was doing so he got a lead that some men were working on a still nearby. When he discovered the site and several men at a still, one of the men shot Deputy Marshal Sumter with a shotgun, killing him.

The shooter was discovered a few miles from Lehigh and was convicted of murder and sentenced to 45 years in prison. He was paroled in 1952 following the death of Deputy Marshal Sumter's widow.

Deputy Marshal Sumter was survived by his wife and two children.


  • Age Not available
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Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Location Oklahoma
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender Paroled in 1952

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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 80th 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 (CA) officer Larry Lasater

February 3, 2013

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