Deputy U.S. Marshal Willard Rufus Ayers

Deputy U.S. Marshal Willard Rufus Ayers

United States Department of Justice - United States Marshals Service, U.S. Government

End of Watch Wednesday, August 11, 1880

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Willard Rufus Ayers

Deputy Marshal Willard Ayers was shot and killed while serving a warrant on a man in Cherokeetown, Chickasaw Nation (present day Oklahoma).

The subject asked Deputy Marshal Ayers if he could get clothing and Deputy Marshal Ayers agreed. The man instead picked up a gun and shot Marshal Ayers in the head, killing him.

The man was sentenced to death and was hung April 28th, 1888, at Fort Smith Arkansas.


  • Age 33
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Location Oklahoma
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentence commuted to life

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 130th 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

August 11, 2010

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