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Detective Merle Rankin Colver | Wichita Police Department, Kansas Wichita Police Department, Kansas


Merle Rankin Colver

Wichita Police Department, Kansas

End of Watch: Friday, August 14, 1931

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 40

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Shot and killed

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Detective Merle Colver was shot and killed while questioning two robbery suspects in their hotel room.

As he began to search the hotel room he was shot by one of the men. The suspect was arrested within 24 hours and convicted of Detective Colver's murder.

The murderer escaped from prison on May 30, 1933, but was shot and seriously wounded by a posse on December 30, 1933. He was returned to prison and died from his wounds on January 6, 1934.

Detective Colver was survived by his wife. He was buried in Clearwater Cemetery, Clearwater, Sedgwick County, Kansas.

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You had a badge,
that you wore proud.
What you did was important,
though you never said this out loud.

Respect did not come,
from the wages you were paid.
Or from callous statements,
that in the press were made.

Respect is in the homage,
shared by those who truly know.
Your service is what kept,
light in the world aglow.

R. Iglesias, Lt. (Retired)
May 10, 2014


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