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Patrolman Francis E. Wirt | Harrisonville Police Department, Missouri Harrisonville Police Department, Missouri

Patrolman

Francis E. Wirt

Harrisonville Police Department, Missouri

End of Watch: Friday, April 21, 1972

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 24

Tour: 1 month

Badge # 245

Military veteran

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Rifle; M-1

Offender: Committed suicide

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Patrolman Francis Wirt and Patrolman Donald Marler were shot and killed when they were ambushed by a suspect while walking their beat. The suspect approached them and opened fire with a M-1 rifle. Both officers fell to the ground wounded.

As they pleaded for their lives the suspect shot and killed them both. The suspect then shot and killed three citizens and wounded several others before committing suicide.

Patrolman Wirt had been on the Harrisonville Police Department for about a month after returning from serving his country in the US Marine Corps. He was survived by his parents and four brothers.

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Patrolman Donald Lee Marler
Harrisonville Police Department, Missouri
End of Watch: Friday, April 21, 1972
Cause: Gunfire

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Patrolman Wirt,
Sir, as a fellow Marine;LEO I would just like to say on today the 44th anniversary of your death thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just for your Community but for our Country as well when you served in the USMC. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Semper Fi Devil Dog!
A fellow Marine;LEO

Anonymous
United States Border Patrol
April 21, 2016

 

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