Town Constable George Rutherford

Town Constable George Rutherford

Winegar Constable's Office, Wisconsin

End of Watch Thursday, August 12, 1926

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George Rutherford

Town Constable George Rutherford was shot and killed when he encountered three moonshining suspects while attempting to serve a warrant on a man for wife desertion.

Constable Rutherford parked at the edge of the woods to walk to the man's shack at Mermaid Lake, leaving his wife in his car. He was shot when he encountered the three men. His wife immediately went back to town and reported the incident.

A sheriff's posse was organized and immediately went to the scene. The posse located two suspects at a still and attempted to arrest them. In the ensuing shootout, both suspects were killed. A third suspect was shot and killed a short time later. Four members of the sheriff's posse were wounded during the shootouts.

It was later determined that one of the men was wanted for the murder of Deputy Constable Roby Scott of the Floyd County Constable's Office, Kentucky. Deputy Constable Scott was murdered in the line of duty on February 13th, 1926.

Constable Rutherford was survived by his wife.


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Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Shot and killed

alcohol violation, warrant service

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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 87th 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 12, 2013

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