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Constable Willie F. Florence Police Department, Alabama


Willie F. "Bill" Barr

Florence Police Department, Alabama

End of Watch: Wednesday, August 12, 1931

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 65

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Officer's handgun

Offender: Shot and killed

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Constable Bill Barr was shot and killed inside a residence at 441 North Court Street as he and the Lauderdale County Sheriff attempted to arrest a man for armed robbery.

As the officers grappled with the suspect, he grabbed the sheriff's revolver and opened fire. Constable Barr was shot through the head and killed instantly. The sheriff was shot through his right hand and wrist.

Four nights later two Lauderdale County Deputies shot and killed the suspect.

Constable Barr is buried in Grassy Cemetery, Lauderdale County, Alabama.

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To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 82nd anniversary year of your death. I am priviliged to be among the first to leave a tribute to you. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered. Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen Pittsburg (CA) officer Larry Lasater
February 13, 2013


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