Prohibition Officer Lew Matty

Prohibition Officer Lew Matty

West Virginia Department of Prohibition, West Virginia

End of Watch Saturday, July 15, 1922

Lew Matty

Prohibition Officer Lew Matty was shot and killed in Summers County as he attempted to take a man into custody who had escaped from the state hospital at Spencer. As Officer Matty and the man's father entered the home they were fired upon.

Officer Matty was killed and the father was wounded. The man remained barricaded in the home for the next 13 days. He shot and wounded one other man who attempted to talk him into surrendering. He finally surrendered and was taken into custody.


  • Age Not available
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Apprehended

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 88th 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

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

July 15, 2010

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