Sheriff Thomas W. Auger, Jr.

Sheriff Thomas W. Auger, Jr.

West Carroll Parish Sheriff's Office, Louisiana

End of Watch Wednesday, September 17, 1980

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Thomas W. Auger, Jr.

Sheriff Thomas Auger and Chief Deputy John Peacock were killed in an airplane accident while en route to Big Springs, Texas, to extradite a prisoner. The prisoner had escaped from the West Carroll Parish Jail several years earlier.

The plane took off during a severe thunderstorm and crashed only minutes into its flight. Sheriff Auger, Chief Deputy Peacock, and two local farmers who were accompanying them, were killed.

Sheriff Auger had served in law enforcement for 20 years. He was survived by his wife, son, and two daughters.


  • Age 42
  • Tour 20 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Aircraft accident

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To the family and friends of Sheriff Thomas Auger and his fellow deputies:

On behalf of our entire family, we wish to pay honor to Thomas' memory on the 30th anniversary of the day Thomas so tragically lost his life. His heroism, valor and bravery will be forever remembered.

Our family lost our beloved Larry Lasater when he was fatally shot in April of 2005 during a foot pursuit of two bank robbers, so we know the anquish you are still experiencing.

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the service Sheriff Auger gave to his community and the citizens of Louisiana, and the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on September 17, 1980.

Phyllis Loya, mother of fallen officer
Larry Lasater, Pittsburg, CA PD eow 4/24/05

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

September 18, 2010

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