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Assistant Chief of Police William J. O'Leary | Big Spring Police Department, Texas Big Spring Police Department, Texas

Assistant Chief of Police

William J. O'Leary

Big Spring Police Department, Texas

End of Watch: Tuesday, November 28, 1939

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 43

Tour: 5 months

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Committed suicide

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Assistant William Chief O'Leary was shot and killed while struggling with a suspect in front of a grocery store. There were no witnesses to the shooting and suspects were immediately identified. Approximately one month later a prisoner committed suicide and left a note stating he had killed Assistant Chief O'Leary. The note identified the location of the murder weapon, which later was linked to the bullets recovered from Assistant Chief O'Leary's body.

Assistant Chief O'Leary had been with the agency for only five months and was survived by three sons.

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 72nd anniversary 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.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater, PPD, eow 4/24/05
November 28, 2011


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