Sheriff Byron Leslie Pierce

Sheriff Byron Leslie Pierce

Henry County Sheriff's Department, Illinois

End of Watch Thursday, June 13, 1946

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Byron Leslie Pierce

Sheriff Byron Pierce was shot and killed after responding to the farm of a man who was threatening his relatives with a rifle.

Deputies had surrounded the house and Sheriff Pierce was shot when he went to the front door to confront the man. The 67 year-old suspect, a former mental patient, was apprehended at the scene. The body of his 72 year-old brother was found shot to death 75 yards away.

The suspect was adjudged insane and committed in a mental institution.

Sheriff Pierce had served with the Henry County Sheriff's Department for eight years. He was survived by his wife, son and daughter.


  • Age 45
  • Tour 8 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle
  • Offender Committed

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On this 75th anniversary year of your passing, thank you for your service and sacrifice, Sheriff Pierce AKA Great Grandpa Pierce. I am proud to be the great grandson of such a revered and heroic man. Gone but never forgotten. I know you're up there in heaven enjoying your family once again.

I hope to someday visit Cambridge, Illinois and visit your gravesite and see the flagpole dedicated in your honor at the Henry County courthouse. Would also like to travel to Washington D.C. National Law Enforcement Officer's Memorial to see your name displayed there.

I echo my brother, Ryan's sentiments. You helped raise a great man, Robert 'Bob' Pierce, our Grandpa Bob (US Army Veteran, Cuban Missile Crisis era). Grandpa Bob was a beloved man who took great pride in his family and loved them dearly.

May your life story, acts of heroism, and sacrifice always be shared for future generations to come. I wish you and your family eternal peace.

Joel O'Hara, USN Vet (Military Poli

April 10, 2021

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