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Special Agent Lester E. Roland | Southern Pacific Railroad Police Department, Railroad Police Southern Pacific Railroad Police Department, Railroad Police

Special Agent

Lester E. Roland

Southern Pacific Railroad Police Department, Railroad Police

End of Watch: Thursday, August 23, 1934

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 32

Tour: 3 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Location: Texas

Incident Date: 8/21/1934

Weapon: Handgun; .45 caliber

Offender: Sentenced to 99 years

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Special Agent Lester Roland was shot and killed while patrolling the Southern Pacific Railroad's switching yards near Miller's Switch in Dallas, Texas.

He encountered two men approaching the railroad bridge over the Trinity River and stopped them to investigate what they were doing. The men stated they were going to river to go fishing. When Agent Lester asked to check their bags one of the men produced a .45 caliber handgun and shot him.

Agent Roland was taken to a local hospital where he died two days later.

Both men were arrested on the day of Agent Roland's funeral and admitted to the shooting. The man who shot him was convicted of murder and sentenced to 99 years in prison.

Special Agent Roland had served with the Southern Pacific Railroad Police for approximately three years. He was survived by his wife and brother.

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Agent Roland,
On today, the 83rd anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice as a Law Enforcement Officer.


United States Border Patrol
August 23, 2017


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