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Officer David Lee Farnsworth | Danville Police Department, Illinois Danville Police Department, Illinois

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David Lee Farnsworth

Danville Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch: Tuesday, January 27, 1976

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 25

Tour: 2 years, 6 months

Badge # 273

Cause: Assault

Weapon: Blunt object

Offender: Sentenced to 75 to 150 years

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Officer David Farnsworth was killed when he was assaulted by two brothers after he pulled them over for a traffic violation. The suspects were able to gain control of Officer Farnsworth's flashlight and beat him with it.

Both suspects, ages 19 and 23, were convicted of Officer Farnsworth murder and sentenced to 75 to 150 years in prison on July 21, 1976. On February 11, 1977, the 19 year-old suspect collapsed and died while playing basketball at Menard State Prison.

Officer Farnsworth had served with the Danville Police Department for 2½ years. He is survived by his wife.

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Officer Farnsworth's story was read in Richton Park Police Department's roll call on 10-09-16 to honor him.

Sgt. James Galvan
RPPD (IL)
October 9, 2016

 

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