Deputy Sheriff Joe Phillips

Deputy Sheriff Joe Phillips

Scott County Sheriff's Department, Tennessee

End of Watch Friday, August 21, 1959

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Joe Phillips

Deputy Sheriff Joe Phillips was shot and killed when he surprised three subjects stealing gasoline at a strip mine in the Brimstone area.

He had been checking area mines for several nights following a rash of gasoline thefts. He surprised two men and a juvenile stealing gas at the Cline strip mine at 11:15 pm. He was shot in the chest with a .32 caliber handgun while exchanging shots with the subjects.

All three were arrested and charged with Deputy Phillips' murder. The juvenile was charged as an adult due to an extensive criminal history.


  • Age 62
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .32 caliber
  • Offender Arrested


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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 60th 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 Officer Larry Lasater, eow 4/24/05

October 22, 2019

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