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

Patrolman

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 never met Don but did have the privilege of meeting his widow and son a few years ago. As I reflect on that weekend three years ago in Harrisonville, where Frank and Don were remembered and honored, my heart and prayers go out to the friends and families of the fallen ones who have recently died through senseless acts of misguided revenge. Their courage and service to our communities will never be forgotten.

Dan Wirt
Partner's Brother
May 25, 2015

 

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