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Chief of Detectives Tony Oliver | Springfield Police Department, Missouri Springfield Police Department, Missouri

Chief of Detectives

Tony Oliver

Springfield Police Department, Missouri

End of Watch: Saturday, January 2, 1932

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 50

Tour: 26 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Rifle

Offender: Committed suicide

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Chief of Detectives Oliver was the last officer to be killed in raid. Chief Oliver attempted to pull back to a safer position while waiting for other officers to arrive with help when the suspects shot him in the back.
Chief Oliver had been with the agency for 26 years and had served as Chief of Detective for two years. He was survived by his wife, three daughters and two sons, one of who would later serve as deputy sheriff of Greene County.

Two brothers considered local petty burglars killed a total of seven Law Enforcement Officers. After they killed Town Marshal Mark Noe on June 2, 1929, a massive manhunt began for the suspects. The two suspects were located at the family farmhouse on January 2, 1932. They had come to town to visit their mother for the Christmas holiday. A raiding party of eleven officers was formed to arrest the two brothers. As the officers surrounded the farmhouse gunfire erupted and in the end six officers lay dead.

The suspects escaped, and fled to Texas. They were located there by Houston Police and as police moved in the two suspects committed suicide.

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 80th 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.

Time never diminishes respect, not even 80 years. I am sure that you are proud that your family continued your legacy of protecting and serving.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05
January 2, 2012

 

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