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Private Leonard Tillman Sadler | Texas Rangers, Texas Texas Rangers, Texas

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Leonard Tillman Sadler

Texas Rangers, Texas

End of Watch: Monday, September 16, 1918

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 34

Tour: 3 months, 2 weeks

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire (Accidental)

Incident Date: 9/15/1918

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L. T. Sadler enlisted in the Texas Rangers on May 27, 1918. Two of his brothers and a cousin served with him in Company G in South Texas and another brother served in 1917. The Texas-Mexico border was rife with bandits, smugglers and German spies during World War I. Several rangers and customs inspectors were killed in South Texas near Brownsville during the short service of Sadler. Sadler and two other rangers arrested a man they reported as an alleged smuggler, and they claimed they released the man. When his body was discovered months later, they were charged with murder, but the grand jury no billed them. Shortly thereafter, Sadler and four other rangers, including his brothers and cousin, were involved in a shoot out on the Rio Grande River in which 4-5 bandits were reported to have been killed.

On September 15, Sadler and a detachment of rangers were assigned to search for smugglers along the Devil's River in Val Verde County. One ranger was cleaning his weapons when Sadler approached him from behind. The ranger fired his six gun over his shoulder and accidentally wounded Sadler. He was transported to the hospital in Del Rio where he died the next day. Sadler was married. He was reportedly buried in Devine, Frio County and in San Antonio, Bexar County. His place of burial has not been located.

The Texas Ranger archives reported Sadler as killed accidentally while on duty and the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum reports his death as accidental in the line of duty.

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 92nd anniversary 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.

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Phyllis Loya

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater
September 16, 2010

 

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