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Sheriff Byron Leslie Pierce | Henry County Sheriff's Department, Illinois Henry County Sheriff's Department, Illinois


Byron Leslie Pierce

Henry County Sheriff's Department, Illinois

End of Watch: Thursday, June 13, 1946

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 45

Tour: 8 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Rifle

Offender: Committed

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Sheriff Byron Pierce was shot and killed after responding to the farm of a man who was threatening his relatives with a rifle.

Deputies had surrounded the house and Sheriff Pierce was shot when he went to the front door to confront the man. The 67 year-old suspect, a former mental patient, was apprehended at the scene. The body of his 72 year-old brother was found shot to death 75 yards away.

The suspect was adjudged insane and committed in a mental institution.

Sheriff Pierce had served with the Henry County Sheriff's Department for eight years. He was survived by his wife, son and daughter.

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Sheriff Pierce's story was read in Richton Park Police Department's roll call on 1-23-17 to honor him.

Sgt. James Galvan
January 23, 2017


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