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Constable George J. Prescott | Medford Police Department, Oregon Medford Police Department, Oregon

Constable

George J. Prescott

Medford Police Department, Oregon

End of Watch: Thursday, March 16, 1933

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 63

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Rifle

Offender: Died in prison

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Constable George Prescott was shot and killed while attempting to serve a warrant stemming from ballot thefts during a political dispute. Constable Prescott and three other officers had gone to a man's home on North Peach Street to arrest him in connection with the thefts. The man's wife answered the door but attempted to close it when she learned the officers were there to arrest her husband.

Constable Prescott placed his foot in front of the door to hold it open. The suspect, who was standing behind his wife, fired a hunting rifle through the door, striking Constable Prescott in the chest.

The other three officers went to get help and then took the man into custody. The suspect was sentenced to life in prison where he died in 1945.

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Officer Prescott, this week the officers of the Medford Police Department remember your sacrifice and thank you for your service to the people of this city. Your work made Medford a better place to live. To continue your work I bring all of my recruit officers to your grave site to pay their respects to help them understand the gravity and responsibility of their new career. As we are on the dawn of a new police department, many of of have requested that it bear your name to remind each of us everyday. Thank you for your service, then and now.

Tom Sweeney, Field Training Officer
Medford Police Department
March 20, 2014

 

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