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Police Officer Rufus R. Lishness | Augusta Police Department, Maine Augusta Police Department, Maine

Police Officer

Rufus R. Lishness

Augusta Police Department, Maine

End of Watch: Tuesday, November 11, 1884

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 43

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; Revolver

Offender: Not available

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Officer Rufus Lishness was shot while trying to arrest a suspect for disturbing the peace at about 3:00 am. Unable to gain entrance at the door, Officer Lishness was going in a window when he was shot in the head. He was able to walk back to the police station with the assistance of another officer where he lapsed into unconsciousness and died at approximately 9:00 am.

Harry Burns was arrested about an hour after the shooting and attempting to shoot another officer, who knocked his arm away as he attempted to shoot him.

Officer Lishness was survived by his wife and four children.

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Rest in peace my friend

Don Hedbany
February 20, 2015


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