Deputy Sheriff James H. Marsden

Deputy Sheriff James H. Marsden

Jefferson County Sheriff's Department, Missouri

End of Watch Thursday, July 11, 1957

James H. Marsden

Deputy Marsden was shot and killed after responding to a call at a gas station, for a report of a man not paying for gas, while off duty. As he placed the man in his car a struggle ensued the suspect was able to gain control of Deputy Marsden's service weapon and shoot him. The incident was witnessed by Deputy Marsden's wife who had accompanied him on the call. The suspect was arrested two days later.

A jury acquitted the 22 year-old suspect, who claimed self defense, on December 19, 1957.

Deputy Marsden had been with the agency for 28 years and was survived by his wife, daughter and two sons.


  • Age 69
  • Tour 25 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Acquitted

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To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 58th 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 who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered. Rest In Peace.

The acquital of your killer was an absolute travesty of justice. I am so sorry that your family did not get justice in this realm but there is always a reckoning.

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen Pittsburg (CA) Officer Larry Lasater

January 5, 2013

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