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 churchyard. 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 was a United States World War I Army veteran and had only recently been appointed as a deputy in order to provide security at the church. 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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Deputy Sheriff McClanahan,
On today, the 90th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just as a Law Enforcement Officer but for our Country as well when you served with the U.S. Army during World War I.


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November 11, 2022

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