Patrolman Manuel Farmer, III

Patrolman Manuel Farmer, III

East St. Louis Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Sunday, May 25, 1975

Manuel Farmer, III

Patrolman Manuel Farmer was shot and killed by a sniper after responding to a shots fired call at a housing complex.

The sniper was in a second story window of one of the buildings. The suspect was apprehended and sentenced to life, but paroled in 2016.


  • Age 30
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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Mr. Farmer,

I remember, when I was just a "lil fella." I was 9/10 years old, and I asked you, "can we be friends?" You said "of course we can be friends." Since that day, in 1974, in that grocery store, you've been MY FRIEND! I remember the day, when I heard that you were killed. It was a sad day in my household. My father (Chief Dye), cried that day, and so did I. I hope you've been able to rest well. Please know, that I think of you quite often, and I cherish the conversations, and I smile at the conversations, that I remember the two of us having. You were TOO COOL! Rest In Peace, my friend.

Robert Dye

June 27, 2018

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