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City Marshal William Rice | Winters Police Department, California Winters Police Department, California

City Marshal

William Rice

Winters Police Department, California

End of Watch: Friday, October 25, 1912

Bio & Incident Details

Age: Not available

Tour: 6 months

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Shotgun

Offender: Convicted of murder

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City Marshal William Rice was shot and killed as he attempted to disarm a drunk man who had been waving his shotgun around and making threats.

The man fled to his home when he saw Marshal Rice approach. As Marshal Rice attempted to talk him into giving his shotgun up the man fired, fatally hitting Marshal Rice in the chest.

The man was arrested and convicted of Marshal Rice's murder.

Marshal Rice had served with the Winters Police Department for only six months. He was survived by his wife and one child.

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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 102nd anniversary year of your death. I am privileged 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 officer Larry Lasater
January 4, 2014

 

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