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Sheriff Levi M. Parnell | Whitman County Sheriff's Department, Washington Whitman County Sheriff's Department, Washington

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Levi M. Parnell

Whitman County Sheriff's Department, Washington

End of Watch: Sunday, April 17, 1949

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 60

Tour: 6 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Rifle

Offender: Shot and killed

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Sheriff Parnell, Deputy Gilbert Gallagher and Officer Elbert Claar of the Pullman Police Department, were shot by a suspect after the man fought with another man. Officer Claar had spotted the man at a filling station and attempted to arrest him. As Officer Claar returned to his car to retrieve his nightstick the man opened fire with a .22 caliber handgun, striking Officer Claar five times.

The suspect then drove to his house and grabbed a rifle with a scope before heading to a nearby hill. Deputy Gallagher responded to the residence and exited his cruiser. As he looked toward the house the suspect shot him in the back and fired at another deputy who was able to get cover. The suspect then moved to another part of the hill near a college campus where he shot and killed a civilian who was looking for him.

Sheriff Parnell and another deputy also responded to the scene and as Sheriff Parnell exited his cruiser he was shot once in the chest by the suspect. The suspect was finally surrounded hiding in bushes by a group of officers and citizens who opened fire, fatally wounding him.

Sheriff Parnell had served in law enforcement for 6 years.

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Related Line of Duty Deaths

Police Officer Elbert R. Claar
Pullman Police Department, Washington
End of Watch: Sunday, April 17, 1949
Cause: Gunfire

Deputy Sheriff Gilbert W. Gallagher
Whitman County Sheriff's Department, Washington
End of Watch: Sunday, April 17, 1949
Cause: Gunfire

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 63rd 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 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.

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05
April 17, 2012

 

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