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Guard Lawrence Keating | United States Department of Justice - United States Marshals Service, U.S. Government United States Department of Justice - United States Marshals Service, U.S. Government

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Lawrence Keating

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

End of Watch: Friday, July 26, 1895

Bio & Incident Details

Age: Not available

Tour: 10 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Location: Arkansas

Incident Date: 7/26/1895

Weapon: Handgun; .44 caliber

Suspect: Hanged in 1896

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Guard Lawrence Keating was shot and killed during a shootout at Fort Smith, Arkansas. A prisoner at the location, who was in custody for the 1892 murder of Deputy Marshal Floyd Wilson, in Indian Territory, assisted authorities with talking Guard Keating's murderer to surrender. As a result the suspect was pardoned for Deputy Marshal Wilson's murder. After being pardoned the suspect continued to rob banks and was shot and killed during a bank robbery in Arkansas in 1921.

The prisoner who murdered Guard Keating was in prison for the June 17, 1894, murder of Deputy Sequoyah Houston, of the Bureau of Indian Affairs. The prisoner who murdered Guard Keating was hanged on March 17, 1896.

Guard Keating had served with the agency for 10 years and was survived by his wife and four children.

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End of Watch: Sunday, June 17, 1894
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Great Grandfather Lawrence Keating, I have only heard stories about you since I could understand words. The Keating family has always missed you and are so very proud of you. Your name has given the family strength and pride for generations, and I now pass your story on to your great great grandchildren. Your legacy lives on. You are our hero, never forgotten, and always loved. God bless you.

private citizen, CESS
Great Granddaughter
May 13, 2012

 

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