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Detective Samuel Ulysses Spence | Bessemer Police Department, Alabama Bessemer Police Department, Alabama


Samuel Ulysses Spence

Bessemer Police Department, Alabama

End of Watch: Monday, September 15, 1913

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 42

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 9/14/1913

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Shot and killed

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Detective Samuel Spence succumbed to a gunshot wound sustained the previous day when he and another detective responded to a disturbance call at an establishment known as Paul's Hall.

A subject opened fire on the detectives, striking Detective Spence in the side. The round severed his spinal cord and caused paralysis of his legs. The other detective was able to return fire and killed the subject.

Detective Spence was survived by his wife and four children.

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Det. Spence,
On today, the 100th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Bessemer.


United States Border Patrol
September 15, 2013


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