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Policeman Frank Wright | Gaffney Police Department, South Carolina Gaffney Police Department, South Carolina

Policeman

Frank Wright

Gaffney Police Department, South Carolina

End of Watch: Thursday, December 9, 1937

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 30

Tour: Not available

Badge # 3

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; .38 caliber

Offender: Shot and killed

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Officer Wright was shot and killed while attempting to arrest a cafe owner who had prevented bystanders from breaking up a fight.

Two men had started fighting over a dog and the cafe owner refused to let other men in the cafe separate the two.

Officer Wright, another officer, and the police chief arrived at the scene of the fight and arrested one of the fighters. They then attempted to arrest the cafe owner. The owner opened fire on the officers with a .38 caliber handgun, striking Officer Wright once in the body. The other officer returned fire, striking the man several times, killing him.

Officer Wright was transported to Cherokee County Hospital where he succumbed to his wounds several hours later.

Officer Wright had served with the Gaffney Police Department for several years. He was survived by his son.

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Officer Wright,
Thank you for your service. Never forgotten. Rest in Peace my friend.

Lt. J. Wright
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police
April 28, 2012

 

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