Deputy Sheriff John Edward Lee

Deputy Sheriff John Edward Lee

Ray County Sheriff's Office, Missouri

End of Watch Thursday, July 27, 1922

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John Edward Lee

Deputy Sheriff J. Edward Lee was shot and killed while attempting to arrest five men who were illegally riding atop a coal car.

He and two other deputies approached the men at Lexington Junction in Henrietta. When one of the deputies asked one of the men what was in his pocket the man produced a pistol and shot Deputy Lee before fleeing.

Deputy Lee was taken by train to St. Joseph Hospital in Kansas City where he died several hours later.

The subject who shot him was believed to be the same subject who murdered Detective Sergeant Harry Lemkemeier of the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department the previous day. He was shot and killed in October 1922 when detectives attempted to arrest him when he returned to St. Louis.

Deputy Lee served as a special officer with the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad Police Department. He was survived by his wife.


  • Age 44
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Shot and killed


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Deputy Sheriff Lee,
On today, the 100th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Lee County.


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July 27, 2022

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