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Sanitary Officer W. L. Steele | Decatur Police Department, Alabama Decatur Police Department, Alabama

Sanitary Officer

W. L. Steele

Decatur Police Department, Alabama

End of Watch: Friday, April 28, 1905

Bio & Incident Details

Age: Not available

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Officer's handgun

Offender: Executed in 1905

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Sanitary Officer W.L. Steele was shot and killed with his own service revolver after making an arrest for a minor offense at 11:15 am. He was walking the suspect to jail when the man began to fight with him. The suspect was able to gain control of Officer Steele's gun and shot him in the chest.

The man fled but was later apprehended and convicted of murdering Officer Steele. He was executed by hanging on June 16, 1905.

Sanitary Officer Steele was responsible for enforcing the city's municipal health code.

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YOU ARE REMEMBERED TODAY AND THANK YOU SIR FOR YOUR SERVICE

VANDENBERGHE
MANCHESTER, NH
April 29, 2008

 

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