Detective Purce A. Wansley

Detective Purce A. Wansley

Charleston Police Department, South Carolina

End of Watch Tuesday, July 14, 1936

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Purce A. Wansley

Detective Purce Wansley was shot and killed at 0100 hours when he attempted to arrest a man for threatening to kill another person. During the arrest the man produced a pistol and shot Detective Wansley five times. A week later the suspect was found hiding under a house on Duncan Street just one block from police headquarters.

The suspect was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to death. He was executed in the electric chair on April 29, 1938.


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Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Executed in 1938

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 74th 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

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

July 14, 2010

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