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Deputy Sheriff Fred McClanahan | Saline County Sheriff's Department, Illinois Saline County Sheriff's Department, Illinois

Deputy Sheriff

Fred McClanahan

Saline County Sheriff's Department, Illinois

End of Watch: Friday, November 11, 1932

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 37

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 11/6/1932

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Arrested

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Deputy Fred McClanahan succumbed to a gunshot wound suffered five days earlier as he provided security at the African Methodist Episcopal Church in Carrier Mills.

Approximately 15 minutes after services began, gunshots were heard and Deputy McClanahan, who had been shot in the left groin, was found outside. He stated two subjects appeared and began shooting at him as he stood in the church yard. Despite being wounded, he was able to return fire, killing one of the men. Deputy McClanahan was taken to Lightner Hospital where he died five days later of his wound.

The other suspect, who fled the scene, was arrested and admitted to shooting Deputy McClanahan but claimed self-defense.

Deputy McClanahan had only recently been appointed as a deputy in order to provide security at the church and was a World War I veteran. He was survived by his wife, two brothers, sister and parents.

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Deputy Sheriff McClanahan,
On today, the 84th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just for your Community but for our Country as well when you served during WW I.


United States Border Patrol
November 11, 2016


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