Night Marshal Oscar Edwin Hornberger

Night Marshal Oscar Edwin Hornberger

Perryville Police Department, Missouri

End of Watch Saturday, April 19, 1930

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Oscar Edwin Hornberger

Night Marshal Oscar Hornberger was accidentally shot and killed by his partner in a case of mistaken identity.

He was assisting several sheriff's deputies and Perryville's day marshal to conduct a raid on an illegal liquor making operation at a farm eight miles northwest of Perryville. Night Marshal Hornberger mistook one of the other officers for a suspect and opened fire.

The other officer returned fire, fatally wounding him.

Night Marshal Hornberger had served with the Perryville Police Department for only four months. He was survived by his wife and three children.


  • Age 38
  • Tour 4 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire (Inadvertent)

alcohol violation, mistaken identity

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Deputy Constable Hornberger,
On today, the 90th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Perryville. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

April 19, 2020

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