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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Sheriff Pierce,
On today, the 75th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Henry County. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

June 13, 2021

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