Special Deputy Marshal Gene Leroy Goldsberry

Special Deputy Marshal Gene Leroy Goldsberry

United States Department of Justice - United States Marshals Service, U.S. Government

End of Watch Thursday, August 5, 1993

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Gene Leroy Goldsberry

Special Deputy Marshal Gene Goldsberry was shot and killed by a man about to be sentenced on drug and weapons charges at the Frank Carlson Federal Building in Topeka.

The suspect began firing when elevator doors opened to the federal court on the fourth floor. The suspect then blew himself up with pipe bombs that were strapped to his body.

Special Deputy Marshal Goldsberry was a United States Army veteran and had served with the United States Department of Justice - United States Marshals Service and retired from the Kansas Highway Patrol after serving for 25 years. He was survived by his wife, his stepdaughter, sister, and brother.


  • Age 61
  • Tour 35 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Location Kansas
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Committed suicide

narcotics, attending court, weapons violation

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Sorting through papers today and I came across the news clippings I kept from what seems like just a few years ago but that was back at the beginning of my career. At that time, I didn't work in Topeka, but that changed a few years later where I ended up working for several years. I drove past that building for over 20 years of my career, walked past it numerous times, and had a couple of occasions to go inside. I've thought about what happened to you and others that day and have never forgotten. I haven't had to drive past that building the past few years after taking a new assignment and I am now approaching the end of my career. Uncle Gene, I still have not forgotten the advice you gave me. You are still missed!

Ted VanDonge, Chief CSO
2nd Judicial District of Kansas

January 20, 2024

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