Policeman Lem McPherson

Policeman Lem McPherson

Fayetteville Police Department, Arkansas

End of Watch Saturday, April 28, 1928

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Lem McPherson

Policeman Lem McPherson was shot and killed from ambush by a man who held a grudge against him.

The man had just been released from prison after serving a nine-month term. The man had been searching for Officer McPherson and when he located him, opened fire with a 12 gauge shotgun, striking him twice.

The man fled but was arrested the following day and charged with Policeman McPherson's murder. He was convicted of second-degree murder only 10 days later and sentenced to 21 years in prison.

Policeman McPherson had served with the Fayetteville Police Department for two years. He was survived by his wife, daughter, and two sons.


  • Age 48
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun; 12 gauge
  • Offender Sentenced to 21 years

ambush, retaliation

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Never forgotten. God bless

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FBI - Little Rock

April 28, 2017

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