Deputy Sheriff Thomas J. McDermott

Deputy Sheriff Thomas J. McDermott

Shelby County Sheriff's Office, Tennessee

End of Watch Monday, July 11, 1904

Thomas J. McDermott

Deputy Sheriff Thomas McDermott and Deputy Sheriff Houston Mitchell were shot and killed while attempting to stop illegal gambling in Shelby and Memphis Counties. While raiding a club the two deputies were shot and killed.

Over 40 suspects were arrested during the raid. Five were charged with murder.

Deputy McDermott had served with the Shelby County Sheriff's Department for six weeks.


  • Age 22
  • Tour 1 month, 2 weeks
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle
  • Offender Not available

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the one hundred and sixth 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 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

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

July 11, 2010

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