Deputy Sheriff Robert E. Mayo

Deputy Sheriff Robert E. Mayo

Dickson County Sheriff's Office, Tennessee

End of Watch Tuesday, October 18, 1977

Robert E. Mayo

Deputy Sheriff Robert Mayo succumbed to a gunshot wound sustained four months earlier when he was shot while attempting to arrest an armed robbery suspect and escapee from the Dickson County Jail.

He was responding to assist another deputy who was under fire by the escapee. A police canine was shot and killed during the exchange.

The subject was able to escape, but was later shot and killed during a shootout with members of the Connecticut State Police.

Deputy Mayo was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War and Vietnam War. He was the recipient of a Combat Infantryman Badge with star, Bronze Star, and Purple. He had served in law enforcement for 24 years.


  • Age 46
  • Tour 24 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Tuesday, June 14, 1977
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Shot and killed

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the thirty-second anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service to your community as a deputy and to your country for your service in Vietnam. 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.

Rest In Peace.

To your family: I understand the meaning of lives forever altered and know that when you lose someone so precious to you that the pain never goes away...the pain and the pride is forever. I pray for your solace.

Phyllis Loya


October 18, 2009

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