Deputy U.S. Marshal William E. Plank

Deputy U.S. Marshal William E. Plank

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

End of Watch Thursday, July 23, 1914

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William E. Plank

Deputy Marshal Plank and Deputy Marshal Holmes Davidson were shot and killed in Tulsa, Oklahoma, while attempting to serve a search warrant on the former Tulsa police chief who had been convicted of violating prohibition laws. When the marshals arrived at the home the man's wife refused to let them in.

As the wife delayed the officers the suspect loaded a double-barrelled shotgun and opened fire through the screen door, fatally wounding Deputy Marshal Davidson. He then fired a second shot and killed Deputy Marshal Plank. The suspect reloaded and fired at the third marshal, who was retreating. The ma suspect then called the police and turned himself in.


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Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Location Oklahoma
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender Apprehended

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Deputy Marshal Plank,
On today, the 104th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank to you and your fellow DUSM for your service and sacrifice for our Country.


United States Border Patrol

July 23, 2018

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