Deputy Sheriff Gilbert W. Gallagher

Deputy Sheriff Gilbert W. Gallagher

Whitman County Sheriff's Department, Washington

End of Watch Sunday, April 17, 1949

Gilbert W. Gallagher

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.

Bio

  • Age 28
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle
  • Offender Shot and killed

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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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