Chief of Police James H. Mathews

Chief of Police James H. Mathews

Walnut Cove Police Department, North Carolina

End of Watch Saturday, August 21, 1920

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James H. Mathews

Chief James Mathews was shot and killed in a gunfight with three men after they escaped from officers who had arrested them for causing a disturbance at a local carnival.

Chief Mathews formed a posse and overtook the suspects one mile north of Walnut Cove. A summons to surrender was met with gun fire. Chief Mathews was shot through the heart but was able to return fire killing one of the suspects and seriously wounding another. The third suspect was captured a short time later.


  • Age 45
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

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

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 89th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service to my homestate and the birthplace of my son. 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


August 21, 2009

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