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Sergeant Wilfred V. French | Cairo Police Department, Illinois Cairo Police Department, Illinois


Wilfred V. French

Cairo Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch: Saturday, December 3, 1910

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 37

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Acquitted

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Sergeant Wilfred French was shot and killed by the Pulaski County Sheriff whom he had previously arrested several times for causing trouble while under the influence.

The sheriff demanded that Sergeant French return a gun that had been confiscated. When Deputy French refused and turned to walk away the sheriff shot him in the back. The sheriff was arrested, charged with Sergeant French's murder, but acquitted at trial.

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Sgt. French,
On today, the 106th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Cairo.


United States Border Patrol
December 3, 2016


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