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Special Agent Christopher O. McClure | Illinois Central Railroad Police Department, Railroad Police Illinois Central Railroad Police Department, Railroad Police

Special Agent

Christopher O. McClure

Illinois Central Railroad Police Department, Railroad Police

End of Watch: Tuesday, February 17, 1931

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 36

Tour: 1 month

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Location: Illinois

Weapon: Handgun; .32 caliber

Offender: Shot and wounded

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Special Agent Christopher McClure was shot and killed at 9:15 pm while investigating a group of three suspicious men near the Mt. Pulaski, Illinois, rail yards. He and another agent were on a special detail to ride a freight train from Springfield to Mt. Pulaski to try to catch a ring of freight car thieves who had been breaking into trains in the Mt. Pulaski yards. As the train approached the yards the agents saw three men huddled around a fire next to the railroad right of way. The agents jumped off the train and circled around.

The other agent remained hidden in a nearby cornfield as Agent McClure called out to the suspects. The suspect approached him and as he squatted down, Agent McClure shined his light on the suspect and asked what was in his hand. The man immediately opened fire with a .32-caliber handgun, striking Agent McClure in the heart. Both agents returned fire, striking the suspect five times. Agent McClure succumbed to his wound at the scene.

Agent McClure had served with the Illinois Central Railroad Police Department for only one month, but had been employed with the railroad for eight years. He was survived by his wife and three children.

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 80th anniversary year 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
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05
April 12, 2012

 

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