Sheriff Joachim Matthews

Sheriff Joachim Matthews

Macomb County Sheriff's Office, Michigan

End of Watch Friday, December 2, 1910

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Joachim Matthews

Sheriff Matthews was shot and killed while attempting to serve a cruelty to animals warrant at a home. A 14-year-old boy in the house was ordered by his mother to fire a rifle through the door as Sheriff Matthews knocked. Hit in the chest, he was able to drive his vehicle back to town where he succumbed to his wound.

The boy and his mother were charged with murder. During their trial the mother testified that she thought the man at the door was a burglar and ordered her son to shoot. The boy was acquitted and charges against his mother were dismissed.


  • Age 60
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle
  • Offender Acquitted

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the one hundred and first 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
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater, PPD, eow 4/24/05

December 2, 2011

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