Patrolman Marion League

Patrolman Marion League

East St. Louis Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Sunday, February 27, 1916

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Marion League

Patrolman Marion League was shot and killed while responding to a residential burglary.

When Patrolman League arrived at the scene, he observed a man walking away from the area and told him to stop. The suspect suddenly turned and fired, striking Patrolman League in the forehead.

Six weeks later in Terre Haute, Indiana, a man arguing with his sister over their mother's estate suddenly produced a gun and shot her. Thinking he had killed her he fled from her home. She lived long enough to tell police that her brother told her he killed Patrolman League and a man in Barton County, Kansas. He was arrested, convicted of his sister's murder and sentenced to life. He was still in prison in 1943. It is unknown if he was connected officially to Patrolman League's murder but he was the only suspect and the only evidence was his sister's statement.

Patrolman League was survived by his wife and six children.


  • Age Not available
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Not available

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Patrolman League's son George Oliver was my uncle, married to my aunt, Thelma Beatrice Murray Jones, for more than 50 years. George, born in 1898, spoke of his father's death and what the loss meant to his family.

All honor to the people who risk their lives and the security of their families' futures in the name of the public good.

Keith Murray

July 1, 2012

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