Agent Bill Lakanen

Agent Bill Lakanen

Wyoming Department of Game and Fish, Wyoming

End of Watch Wednesday, October 31, 1945

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Bill Lakanen

Agent Bill Lakanen and Agent Don Simpson were shot to death in the Sierra Madre mountain range near Rawlings, Wyoming while investigating reports of illegal beaver hunting.

The suspect wanted in connection with their murder died in a cabin fire before being taken into custody.

Agent Lakanen had served with the Wyoming Department of Game and Fish for eight years. He was survived by his wife, parents, and two brothers.


  • Age 44
  • Tour 8 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Died in a fire

environmental crime

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Agent Lakanen,
On today, the 75th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank to you and your Partner for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of the state of Wyoming. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

October 31, 2020

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