Night Marshal David Lee

Night Marshal David Lee

McGrew Police Department, Nebraska

End of Watch Sunday, January 13, 1929

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David Lee

Night Marshal David Lee was beaten to death while responding to a disturbance outside of a dance hall in McGrew.

Two brothers had remained in town after the dance hall closed and were creating a disturbance in the street. Night Marshal Lee confronted them and told them to leave. One of the men took Marshal Lee's nightstick and struck him on the head, causing a skull fracture.

The brothers then stole Marshal Lee's service weapon and fled. They both turned themselves in the following day.

One of the brothers was acquitted of second-degree murder.

Night Marshal Lee had previously served with the United States Marshals Service and as the police chief of the Alliance Police Department.


  • Age 66
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Assault
  • Weapon Blunt object; Baton
  • Offender Acquitted


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