Special Deputy Marshal Marion Prickett

Special Deputy Marshal Marion Prickett

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

End of Watch Monday, December 15, 1890

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Marion Prickett

Deputy Marshal Marion Prickett was shot and killed as he and another deputy marshal, Anderson Keene, attempted to serve an arrest warrant. They located a man fitting the description of the suspect and began to question him. The man gave another name and claimed to be a deputy marshal.

The man was able to produce a special deputy marshal commission, causing the two deputy marshals to doubt whether he was the suspect. Deputy Marshal Prickett and Deputy Marshal Keene stepped outside of the home to discuss the matter. As they returned into the house they encountered the suspect holding a double-barrelled shotgun. The suspect opened fire, but missed with the shotgun; he then pulled out a pistol and struck Deputy Marshal Prickett below the eye, killing him instantly.

Deputy Marshal Keene struggled with the suspect before being stabbed several times. The suspect and another man fled the scene and were arrested in Illinois the following month. Both suspects were extradited to Fort Smith, Arkansas for trial and the shooter was found guilty of manslaughter on December 3, 1892.

Special Deputy Marshal Prickett was survived by his wife and five children.


  • Age 36
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

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

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 119th 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 murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

December 15, 2009

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