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Patrolman Donald Lee Marler | Harrisonville Police Department, Missouri Harrisonville Police Department, Missouri


Donald Lee Marler

Harrisonville Police Department, Missouri

End of Watch: Friday, April 21, 1972

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 26

Tour: 2 years

Badge # 250

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Rifle; M-1

Offender: Committed suicide

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Patrolman Donald Marler and Patrolman Francis Wirt were shot and killed when they were ambushed by a suspect while walking their beat. The suspect approached them and opened fire with a M-1 rifle. Both officers fell to the ground wounded.

As they pleaded for their lives the suspect shot and killed them both. The suspect then shot and killed three citizens and wounded several others before committing suicide.

Patrolman Marler had served with the agency for two years. He is survived by his wife and child.

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Patrolman Francis E. Wirt
Harrisonville Police Department, Missouri
End of Watch: Friday, April 21, 1972
Cause: Gunfire

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I was 10 years old and I will never forget that day. My Mom worked on the north side of the Square three stores down from the Allen Bank. We were sitting in the car with Dad waiting for Mom to get off. I remember the seeing the vehicle park on the right side of N. Independence right next to the Bank just few cars from us on the opposite side, with the guys in it who did the shooting. We picked up Mom drove by them they got out of the car, when got on the south side of the square we waved at the Officers. When we go to the 4-way stop we heard the gunfire.
I remember Officer Marler he gave me a ride from school one day, I talked to him about being a Policeman and that I like watching Adam-12. He was nice man.
Harrisonville held a remembrance ceremony a few years ago and retired their badge numbers, I was there in my Police Uniform. I will never forget that day they were shot or Officer Marler.

Patrolman Ronald Reeves
Drexel, MO
May 21, 2017


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