Storekeeper-Gauger Frank Weir

Storekeeper-Gauger Frank Weir

United States Department of the Treasury - Office of Internal Revenue, U.S. Government

End of Watch Friday, September 19, 1890

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Frank Weir

Storekeeper-Gauger Frank Weir was shot and killed from ambush while accompanying the division deputy collector in an attempt to issue a levy on a distiller for unpaid taxes on brandy.

They had gone to the man's distillery near Lucas in Barren County, Kentucky, to issue the levy upon whiskey and hogs that the distiller owned. As they neared the man's farm the deputy collector left Gauger Weir in the buggy to speak to the man's neighbor to ask for assistance with the hogs. When he returned two hours later he discovered the buggy was missing and he located Gauger Weir's body suffering from a gunshot wound.

Witnesses had observed the distiller return to the area with a rifle after learning that the deputy collector was near his farm. The man was arrested and charged with Gauger Weir's murder but died in jail in November 1891 while still awaiting trial.


  • Age 25
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Location Kentucky
  • Weapon Rifle
  • Offender Died in jail

ambush, retaliation, tax collection

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 129th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Your sacrifice was made so many years ago. Evil was, is, and will be a part of life just as goodness such as yours will also be present.

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen Officer Larry Lasater, eow 4/24/05

October 22, 2019

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