Sheriff John Talmage Young

Sheriff John Talmage Young

Yancey County Sheriff's Office, North Carolina

End of Watch Saturday, May 15, 1926

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John Talmage Young

Sheriff John Young was shot and killed in Windom by a man whom he had previously arrested.

He and the man had been close friends up until the time Sheriff Young arrested him several months earlier. The man then made statements that he would kill Sheriff Young.

Sheriff Young and another man were driving on the highway and were flagged down by the subject in front of the general store he operated at his home. As the two spoke the man suddenly placed a revolver against Sheriff Young's abdomen and shot him six times. Despite being mortally wounded, Sheriff Young returned fire and killed the subject.

Sheriff Young was serving his second two-year term as sheriff. He was survived by his wife and 2-year-old child.


  • Age 38
  • Tour 3 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .38 caliber
  • Offender Shot and killed

DIP, retaliation

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 93rd anniversary year 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.

Your sacrifice was made so many years ago. Evil was, is, and will be a part of life just as goodness such as yours will also be present.

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen Pittsburg Officer Larry Lasater, eow 4/24/05

October 23, 2019

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