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Guard William Leech | 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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William Leech

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

End of Watch: Thursday, April 10, 1884

Bio & Incident Details

Age: Not available

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Location: Oklahoma

Weapon: Officer's handgun

Offender: Acquitted

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Guard William Leech was shot and killed by another deputy marshal during an argument while guarding prisoners near Garvin County, Indian Territory (present day Oklahoma).

Guard Leech, who was black, had brought along a dog that was eating out of a frying pan. The other marshal ordered Guard Leech to remove the dog. As Guard Leech stood up the other marshal shot him in the chest, killing him.

The deputy marshal was charged with murder but pleaded that he didn't intend to shoot Guard Leech and was acquitted.

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 125th 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 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

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater
April 10, 2009

 

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