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Deputy Collector John F. Lanier | United States Department of the Treasury - Office of Internal Revenue, U.S. Government United States Department of the Treasury - Office of Internal Revenue, U.S. Government

Deputy Collector

John F. Lanier

United States Department of the Treasury - Office of Internal Revenue, U.S. Government

End of Watch: Monday, December 24, 1900

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 43

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Location: Alaska

Incident Date: 12/12/1900

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Shot and wounded

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Deputy Collector John Lanier succumbed to gunshot wounds sustained two weeks earlier while attempting to search a wagon for illegal liquor in Madison County, Alabama.

He was leading a posse of officers when they encountered the wagon on a road leading to Huntsville. Believing the wagon was carrying liquor from Tennessee to Huntsville, the officers ordered the driver to stop. The occupants of the wagon opened fire on the officers, mortally wounding Deputy Collector Lanier.

The other officers returned fire, wounding the occupants of the wagon. The occupants later complained they believed the officers were highwaymen who were attempting to rob them.

Deputy Lanier was survived by his wife and six children.

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Deputy Collector Lanier,
Sir, it has taken almost 114 years but you are finally being honored. I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country.

R.I.P.
USBP

Anonymous
United States Border Patrol
October 22, 2014

 

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