Deputy Sheriff James Alfred Brent

Deputy Sheriff James Alfred Brent

Lancaster County Sheriff's Office, Virginia

End of Watch Friday, January 25, 1963

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James Alfred Brent

Deputy Brent was shot and killed when he, the sheriff, and another deputy responded to a domestic disturbance. Deputy Brent was struck by a shotgun blast as he entered the residence.

Deputy Brent was attempting to serve a lunacy warrant in the tiny fishing village of Morattico when he was shot. Three hours later state and county officers apprehended the suspect after he was flushed out of his home with teargas.

The suspect, 41, was a former mental patient, released two years earlier. He was charged with murder and sent to a mental hospital in Petersburg to determine if he was fit to stand trial.

Deputy Brent had served with the Lancaster County Sheriff's Office for 3 years and was survived by his wife.


  • Age 36
  • Tour 3 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender Apprehended


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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 49th 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.

Time never dimishes respect, and 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

January 25, 2012

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