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Chief of Police W. J. McAnally | Beggs Police Department, Oklahoma Beggs Police Department, Oklahoma

Chief of Police

W. J. McAnally

Beggs Police Department, Oklahoma

End of Watch: Wednesday, May 18, 1927

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 55

Tour: 4 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 5/18/1927

Weapon: Shotgun

Suspect: Apprehended

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Chief W. J. McAnally was shot and killed as he attempted to arrest members of the Cotton Top Walker Gang as they exited a bank they were robbing. Three suspects opened fire on Chief McAnally, killing him and a female bystander.

One of the suspects was later captured and convicted of murder. He was sentenced to life in prison.

Chief McAnally had served with the agency for 4 years. He was survived by his wife and children.

The gang was led by the Kimes brother, who had murdered Deputy Perry Chuculate, of the Sequoyah County, Oklahoma, Sheriff's Office, on August 27, 1926. The two brothers were convicted of manslaughter in connection with Deputy Chuculate's murder and sentenced to 25 years in prison. One of the brothers, Matthew Kimes, escaped from prison and continued his crime spree.

During the following year the escaped brother continued robbing banks with the Cotton Top Walker Gang, which was responsible for the murders of Patrolman Coke Buchanan, of the Borger, Texas, Police Department, on March 19, 1927; Deputy D. P. Kenyon and Deputy Almer Terry, both of the Hutchinson County, Texas, Sheriff's Department, on April 1, 1927; and Chief W. J. McAnnally of the Beggs, Oklahoma, Police Department, on May 18, 1927.

Matthew Kimes, one of the leaders of the gang, was arrested in Flagstaff, Arizona, on June 23, 1927.

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 83rd 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
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater
May 18, 2010

 

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