Sheriff Frank S. Metzel

Sheriff Frank S. Metzel

Madison County Sheriff's Office, Montana

End of Watch Monday, October 27, 1930

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Frank S. Metzel

Sheriff Frank Metzel was shot and killed while intervening in a bank robbery. He had received information that a robbery was going to take place and he, several deputies, and a posse surrounded the bank. They exchanged shots with the suspects as the men attempted to leave the bank. One of the posse members accidentally shot Sheriff Metzel when he mistook him for a robber.

Two of the suspects escaped but the third was arrested inside of the bank.

Sheriff Metzel was survived by his wife and two daughters. He was buried in Nevada City Cemetery in Virginia City.


  • Age 68
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire (Inadvertent)

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 84th 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.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen officer Larry Lasater

January 9, 2014

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