Constable John Loyd Dalton

Constable John Loyd Dalton

Madison County Fifth District Constable's Office, Tennessee

End of Watch Friday, February 5, 1937

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John Loyd Dalton

Constable John Dalton succumbed to wounds sustained five days earlier, when he was struck on the head while trying to break up a fight at the corner of Shannon Street and Sycamore Street in Jackson, Tennessee.

Two of the three men involved in the fight turned on Constable Dalton and struck him with a blackjack, fracturing his skull. He was transported to Memorial Hospital where he remained unconscious until succumbing to his wounds.

One of the suspects was arrested and sentenced to 10 years in prison.

Constable Dalton had been elected constable of the Fifth District only five months earlier. He was survived by his wife, son, two sisters, and two brothers.


  • Age 58
  • Tour 5 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Assault
  • Incident Date Sunday, January 31, 1937
  • Weapon Blunt object; Blackjack
  • Offender Sentenced to 10 years

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 74th 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.

Phyllis Loya
mom of fallen officer Larry Lasater

February 5, 2011

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