Officer Edgar P. Wright

Officer Edgar P. Wright

Pierce City Police Department, Missouri

End of Watch Thursday, January 22, 1891

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Edgar P. Wright

Officer Edgar Wright succumbed to injuries sustained two days earlier in a gun battle with two brothers near Garfield, Arkansas. Both brothers, ages 20 and 25, were wanted in Lawrence County, Missouri, for beating a justice of the peace nearly to death after he had them arrested for disturbing a church service.

Constable Will Dalton, of the Rogers Police Department, Arkansas, was also shot and killed as he, Officer Wright, and two other officers attempted to arrest the suspects.

One of the suspects was later shot and killed and the other captured when they mistakenly jumped into a boxcar containing 3 posse members sent to arrest them. One gave himself up and the other received a load of buckshot in the back as he tried to escape. The captured suspect was convicted of murder and sentenced to death. He escaped from jail on July 11th, 1891, and was recaptured on April 5th, 1893, in Decatur, Illinois.


  • Age Not available
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Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Location Arkansas
  • Incident Date Tuesday, January 20, 1891
  • Weapon Rifle; Winchester
  • Offender Shot and killed

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 121rst 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.

Time never dimishes respect and you will always be honored and revered. I Pray for solace for all those who love and miss you for I know both the pain and pride are forever.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

January 22, 2012

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