Deputy Sheriff Joseph Walton Price

Deputy Sheriff Joseph Walton Price

Lexington County Sheriff's Department, South Carolina

End of Watch Sunday, November 22, 1953

Joseph Walton Price

Deputy Joseph Price was shot and killed while investigating a suspicious vehicle.

Deputy Price was on driving home at the end of his shift when he noticed a suspicious vehicle parked on the side of the road. As he approached the vehicle he encountered the suspect, who was intoxicated and attacked Deputy Price with a knife and then drew a weapon and shot him several times.

Despite being mortally wounded, Deputy Price was able to return fire and then drive to the parking lot of a nearby business to summon help to his location. The suspect remained at large for 7 years. He was arrested in 1960, convicted of Deputy Price's murder, and sentenced to life in prison. He was paroled in 1972.

Deputy Price had served with the agency for 7 years and had previously served with the United States Army during World War II. He was survived by his wife and son.


  • Age 31
  • Tour 7 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to life, paroled in 1972

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 57th 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

November 22, 2010

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