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Railroad Detective Herbert Mitchell Gash | Southern Railway Police Department, Railroad Police Southern Railway Police Department, Railroad Police

Railroad Detective

Herbert Mitchell Gash

Southern Railway Police Department, Railroad Police

End of Watch: Tuesday, July 29, 1958

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 28

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Military veteran

Cause: Gunfire

Location: Illinois

Incident Date: 7/26/1958

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Not available

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Railroad Detective Herbert Gash succumbed to gunshot wound sustained three days earlier while patrolling the Southern Railway's yards in East St. Louis, Illinois.

He and a railroad car inspector were walking along the railroad's right of way when they observed a man washing his face in a small pond. The inspector continued walking as Detective Gash began to speak to the man. The subject suddenly produced a handgun and shot Detective Gash in the abdomen.

Detective Gash returned fire as the subject fled on foot. He was taken to St. Mary's Hospital where he remained until succumbing to his wound three days later.

Detective Gash was a U.S. Army veteran. He was survived by his mother and four siblings. He was predeceased by one brother. He was buried in Mount Hope Cemetery in Belleville, Illinois.

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Det. Gash,
On today, the 59th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just as a Law Enforcement Officer but for our Country as well when you served with the U.S. Army. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol
July 29, 2017


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