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Deputy Sheriff Lee Wright | Maricopa County Sheriff's Office, Arizona Maricopa County Sheriff's Office, Arizona

Deputy Sheriff

Lee Wright

Maricopa County Sheriff's Office, Arizona

End of Watch: Wednesday, January 29, 1930

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 63

Tour: 32 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 1/13/1930

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Executed

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Deputy Sheriff Lee Wright succumbed to gunshot wounds sustained two weeks earlier in Chandler, Arizona, while attempting to arrest a group of criminals who were on a cross-country crime spree.

Two of the subjects, a man and woman, had murdered Corporal Brady Paul of the Pennsylvania State Highway Patrol on December 27th, 1929. They had picked up a third subject who had recently been released from prison in Texas. The trio then abducted a Pinal County, Arizona, sheriff's deputy.

Deputy Wright and another deputy rammed the vehicle into a curb in front of the San Marcos Hotel, stopping it. Deputy Wright was then struck by a gunshot during a shootout with the subjects. The subjects then threw the abducted deputy from the car and escaped.

They were apprehended several days by a posse of several hundred officers and citizens. The couple were extradited to Pennsylvania where they were convicted of Corporal Paul's murder, sentenced to death, and subseqently executed on February 23rd, 1931. The third subject was convicted of Deputy Wright's murder and sentenced to life in prison.

Deputy Wright had served with the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office for 32 years. He was survived by his wife and brother. His brother served as the county sheriff at the time of the murder.

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Corporal Brady Clemens Paul
Pennsylvania State Highway Patrol, Pennsylvania
End of Watch: Friday, December 27, 1929
Cause: Gunfire

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You saved the life of Pinal Deputy Chapman by your sacrifice. PCSO considers your heroism and honors you for your valor.

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Pinal County Sheriffs Office
June 21, 2017


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