Deputy Sheriff David Dobbins

Deputy Sheriff David Dobbins

Fayette County Sheriff's Department, Tennessee

End of Watch Wednesday, January 27, 1915

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David Dobbins

Deputy David Dobbins succumbed to a gunshot wound sustained the previous day when the posse he was riding in was ambushed as they were en route to the home of four brothers to arrest them for robbing the local depot and a gun store in Latonia. Deputy Dobbins sustained a fatal gunshot wound to the throat. The county sheriff was also wounded two times but recovered.

The 20-year-old killer was apprehended a few days later in Maridian, Mississippi. He was convicted of murder and sentenced to death. On January 9, 1916, his sentence was commuted to life. On June 11, 1918, he escaped from the Tennessee Penitentiary. On April 17, 1919, he sneaked back to his mothers home in Fayette County and soon found himself surrounded by the sheriff and his posse. He was shot and killed as he attempted to escape.

Deputy Dobbins was survived by his wife and five children.


  • Age 38
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Tuesday, January 26, 1915
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Killed in 1919

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 96th 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
mom of fallen officer Larry Lasater

January 27, 2011

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