Deputy Sheriff Larry Cox

Deputy Sheriff Larry Cox

DeSoto County Sheriff's Department, Mississippi

End of Watch Friday, June 26, 1970

Larry Cox

Deputy Larry Cox was shot and killed while making a traffic stop of two out-of-state vehicles on Pleasant Hill Road. During the traffic stop Deputy Cox began searching one of the vehicles. The occupant of the vehicle suddenly produced a .22 caliber pistol and shot him several times.

After falling to the ground, an occupant of the second car took his club and struck him with it. The driver of the first car then took Deputy Cox's .357 caliber service revolver and shot him once in the head.

The suspects stole Deputy Cox's wallet, service revolver, handcuffs, and ammunition before fleeing. All the suspects were apprehended within several days.

The two suspects who shot Deputy Cox were brothers who had committed a burglary earlier in the evening and had stolen property in their vehicle. They were arrested in Memphis after murdering Deputy Cox. The older brother had escaped from the DeSoto County Jail three years earlier with a second inmate after assaulting the jail cook and the jailer. The suspect was arrested in Michigan in 1968 but the governor refused to extradite him to Mississippi. The suspect was released after serving his sentence in Michigan and then moved to Memphis, Tennessee.


  • Age 39
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .22 caliber
  • Offender Convicted and sentenced

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I knew Larry Cox while working as a Mississippi Highway Patrolman in Desoto County from 1968 until 1974. On June 26, 1970 myself and Patrolman Tony Smith sat just north of Hernando on US Highway 51. The Hernando jail dispatcher Richard Williams notified us that a lady had called saying she saw a car with blue lights flashing on Pleasant Hill Road just north of Goodman Road. She did not see anyone around the patrol car. Myself MHP E-18 and Tony Smith MHP E-43 responded immediately. Larry's red patrol car was sitting northbound on Pleasant Hill just as the lady had reported. Larry's body was in front next to the side of the road. We searched all night for the fugitives who had done this deed. Larry was a good man who just wanted to serve. I will never forget his cigars there beside his body. As a Baptist preacher for the past 40 years, I have told his story and sharing how one man gave his life for many. Thank God we still have men like Larry Cox who are will to serve us in our communities.

Dr David Ard
Retired Mississippi Highway Patrol

May 10, 2018

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