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Deputy Sheriff John W. Gaines | Howard County Sheriff's Office, Missouri Howard County Sheriff's Office, Missouri

Deputy Sheriff

John W. Gaines

Howard County Sheriff's Office, Missouri

End of Watch: Tuesday, March 17, 1914

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 66

Tour: 20 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Lynched by an angry mob

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Marshal Gaines was shot and killed while attempting to arrest a man wanted for creating a disturbance. The suspect was arrested and placed in the County Jail. An Angry mob took the suspect from the county jail and lynched in the courthouse yard about 2 hours after the shooting.

Marshal Gaines had been in law enforcement for 20 year and was survived by his wife, two sons and two daughters. Marshal Gaines had also served as a deputy sheriff and constable for the Howard County Sheriff's Department.

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 98th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05
March 17, 2012

 

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