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Deputy Sheriff Gilbert W. Gallagher | Whitman County Sheriff's Department, Washington Whitman County Sheriff's Department, Washington

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Gilbert W. Gallagher

Whitman County Sheriff's Department, Washington

End of Watch: Sunday, April 17, 1949

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 28

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Rifle

Offender: Shot and killed

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Deputy Gallagher, Sheriff Levi Parnell, and Officer Elbert Claar of the Pullman Police Department, were shot by a suspect after the man fought with another man. Officer Claar had spotted the man at a filling station and attempted to arrest him. As Officer Claar returned to his car to retrieve his nightstick the man opened fire with a .22 caliber handgun, striking Officer Claar five times.

The suspect then drove to his house and grabbed a rifle with a scope before heading to a nearby hill. Deputy Gallagher responded to the residence and exited his cruiser. As he looked toward the house the suspect shot him in the back and fired at another deputy who was able to get cover. The suspect then moved to another part of the hill near a college campus where he shot and killed a civilian who was looking for him.

Sheriff Parnell and another deputy also responded to the scene and as Sheriff Parnell exited his cruiser he was shot once in the chest by the suspect. The suspect was finally surrounded hiding in bushes by a group of officers and citizens who opened fire, fatally wounding him.

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Related Line of Duty Deaths

Police Officer Elbert R. Claar
Pullman Police Department, Washington
End of Watch: Sunday, April 17, 1949
Cause: Gunfire

Sheriff Levi M. Parnell
Whitman County Sheriff's Department, Washington
End of Watch: Sunday, April 17, 1949
Cause: Gunfire

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I am a thirty year retired police officer and now a Catholic Priest. Deputy Gallagher was my uncle. May eternal rest be granted unto him and may perpetual light shine upon him. May his soul and the soul of all the faitihfully departed rest in peace. Amen.

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May 14, 2013

 

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