Deputy Sheriff Thomas Gentry

Deputy Sheriff Thomas Gentry

Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office, Louisiana

End of Watch Thursday, August 28, 1924

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Thomas Gentry

Deputy Sheriff Thomas Gentry was shot and fatally wounded near Leesville by a 16-year-old boy he attempted to arrest for shooting at a man.

As Deputy Gentry was searching for the suspect at his home he opened fire from underneath his bed. Deputy Gentry returned fire wounding the boy's mother who jumped between them. Deputy Gentry, shot in the abdomen, died at a local hospital the next day. Hours later a posse shot and killed the suspect near Kurthwood.

Deputy Gentry was survived by a son and daughter.


  • Age 49
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Wednesday, August 27, 1924
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Shot and killed

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To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 89th anniversary year of your death. I am priviliged to leave a tribute to you. 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 California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

April 18, 2013

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