Sergeant Wilfred V. French

Sergeant Wilfred V. French

Cairo Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Saturday, December 3, 1910

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Wilfred V. French

Sergeant Wilfred French was shot and killed by the Pulaski County Sheriff whom he had previously arrested several times for causing trouble while under the influence.

The sheriff demanded that Sergeant French return a gun that had been confiscated. When Deputy French refused and turned to walk away the sheriff shot him in the back. The sheriff was arrested, charged with Sergeant French's murder, but acquitted at trial.


  • Age 37
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Acquitted

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Sgt. French,
On today, the 110th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Cairo.


United States Border Patrol

December 3, 2020

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