Constable David Jackson Payne

Constable David Jackson Payne

Pittsylvania County Constable's Office, Virginia

End of Watch Tuesday, October 20, 1936

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David Jackson Payne

Constable David Payne succumbed to injuries sustained six weeks earlier when he was struck by a hit-and-run driver on the Franklin Turnpike.

Constable Payne was making an arrest of an intoxicated man when another man attempted to free the suspect. A large group of people surrounded the officer. Some of the group attempted to assist Constable Payne as the others watched the activity. During the arrest, a car was driven into the group of people, killing two bystanders instantly and seriously injuring Constable Payne.

Constable Payne was transported to Memorial Hospital with compound leg fractures which caused his death.

Constable Payne had served as an elected Pittsylvania County constable for six years. He was survived by his wife, daughter, two sons, parents, and nine siblings.


  • Age 37
  • Tour 6 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicular assault
  • Incident Date Saturday, September 5, 1936
  • Weapon Automobile
  • Offender Not available

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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 77th anniversary year of your death. I am privileged 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 officer Larry Lasater

December 23, 2013

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