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Lieutenant Thomas J. Kling | Rawlins Police Department, Wyoming Rawlins Police Department, Wyoming


Thomas J. Kling

Rawlins Police Department, Wyoming

End of Watch: Monday, April 20, 1903

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Military veteran

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Rifle

Offender: Sentenced to 4 years

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Lieutenant Thomas Kling and Officer John Baxter were shot and killed after responding to a shots fired call at a local store. The store owner had long terrorized his neighbors and police and had setup an ambush for the officers. When Officer Baxter and Lieutenant Kling entered the store they were shot and killed.

The suspect was convicted of manslaughter in the deaths of both officers and sentenced to 4 years in prison.

Lieutenant Kling had previously served with the United States Army during the Spanish American War.

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Police Officer John Baxter
Rawlins Police Department, Wyoming
End of Watch: Monday, April 20, 1903
Cause: Gunfire

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 109th anniversary year of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service to my home state and the birthplace of my son. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect and your memory will always be honored and revered

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05
April 20, 2012


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