Chief of Police Sumner A. Dillard

Chief of Police Sumner A. Dillard

Shelbyville Police Department, Tennessee

End of Watch Monday, March 2, 1936

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Sumner A. Dillard

Chief Dillard was shot and killed after he and an officer had just arrested two suspects at 1100 hours. As the officers drove away from the residence a friend of the prisoners came out of the home and opened fire on the patrol car with a .30 caliber rifle, striking Chief Dillard in the back of the head. The suspect was apprehended at the scene and later charged with first degree murder.


  • Age 52
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle; .30 caliber
  • Offender Apprehended

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 76th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was murdered on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

March 2, 2012

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