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Special Agent William Urban Sprous | Illinois Central Railroad Police Department, Railroad Police Illinois Central Railroad Police Department, Railroad Police

Special Agent

William Urban Sprous

Illinois Central Railroad Police Department, Railroad Police

End of Watch: Sunday, September 13, 1936

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 30

Tour: 5 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Location: Illinois

Weapon: Officer's handgun

Offender: Sentenced to 13 years

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Special Agent W. Urban Sprous was shot and killed at Cairo Junction, Illinois, while attempting to arrest a man who was trespassing in a freight train boxcar.

Agent Sprous' pistol fell from its holster as the two struggled. The man picked up the gun and shot him in the arm and head, killing him. The subject was arrested several hours later at a nearby farm. He was convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to one to 13 years in prison.

Agent Sprouse had served with the Illinois Central Railroad for approximately five years.

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Agent Sprous,
On today, the 81st anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice as a Law Enforcement Officer.

R.I.P.
USBP

Anonymous
United States Border Patrol
September 13, 2017

 

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