Deputy Sheriff Fred McClanahan

Deputy Sheriff Fred McClanahan

Saline County Sheriff's Department, Illinois

End of Watch Friday, November 11, 1932

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Fred McClanahan

Deputy Fred McClanahan succumbed to a gunshot wound suffered five days earlier as he provided security at the African Methodist Episcopal Church in Carrier Mills.

Approximately 15 minutes after services began, gunshots were heard and Deputy McClanahan, who had been shot in the left groin, was found outside. He stated two subjects appeared and began shooting at him as he stood in the church yard. Despite being wounded, he was able to return fire, killing one of the men. Deputy McClanahan was taken to Lightner Hospital where he died five days later of his wound.

The other suspect, who fled the scene, was arrested and admitted to shooting Deputy McClanahan but claimed self-defense.

Deputy McClanahan had only recently been appointed as a deputy in order to provide security at the church and was a World War I veteran. He was survived by his wife, two brothers, sister and parents.


  • Age 37
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Sunday, November 6, 1932
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Arrested

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Rest In Peace Brother. We remember and honor you on the 85th anniversary of your E.O.W. You are not forgotten.

Officer Mike Robinson, (Ret)
Upland Police Dept. CA

November 11, 2017

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