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Deputy U.S. Marshal William Francis Degan, Jr. | United States Department of Justice - United States Marshals Service, U.S. Government United States Department of Justice - United States Marshals Service, U.S. Government

Deputy U.S. Marshal

William Francis Degan, Jr.

United States Department of Justice - United States Marshals Service, U.S. Government

End of Watch: Friday, August 21, 1992

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 42

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Military veteran

Cause: Gunfire

Location: Idaho

Weapon: Rifle; .30-.06

Offender: Acquitted

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Deputy Marshal Bill Degan was shot and killed in Boundary County, Idaho, while conducting surveillance on a rural cabin owned by a man wanted on a federal bench warrant for failure to appear.

Deputy Marshal Degan, along with two other deputy marshals, were scouting out the cabin and surrounding acreage in order to prepare operational plans to serve the warrant. As they neared the cabin the homeowner's dog alerted to their position. The homeowner's son and an adult friend then followed the dog into the woods as the deputy marshals retreated and took up a defensive position.

As the two groups encountered each other the deputy marshals identified themselves but were immediately fired upon. Deputy Marshal Degan was struck by a shot from a .30-06 rifle, killing him instantly. The homeowner's son and dog were killed by return fire while the subject who shot Deputy Marshal Degan fled and returned to the cabin.

Following a standoff in which the homeowner was wounded and his wife was fatally shot by an FBI sniper, the man's other family members and the subject who shot Deputy Marshal Degan were taken into custody. The man who shot Deputy Marshal Degan was later acquitted of federal murder charges in connection with Deputy Marshal Degan's death.

Deputy Marshal Degan was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran. He was survived by his wife and two sons.

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Bill was my squad leader in SOG training-we became great friends afterwards. I hope to do an upcoming 50 mile bicycle ride in October in Conroe TX. It is my first big ride since my knee replacement. It benefits and honors police officers so my thoughts of Bill will pull me thru

Supervisory DUSM (retired)
US Marshals Serivice
August 21, 2016

 

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