Deputy U.S. Marshal Samuel Lilly

Deputy U.S. Marshal Samuel Lilly

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

End of Watch Tuesday, July 29, 1924

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Samuel Lilly

Deputy Marshal Lilly and Officer Leon George, of the Wilmington, North Carolina, Police Department, were shot and killed after being ambushed at about 1900 hours at approximately 15 miles from Wilmington. The two were returning for a liquor still raid when they were attacked as the crossed a creek. Both officers and Officer George's dog were shot at close range and killed. Four suspects were apprehended. Two of them were father and son and executed for the murders on the same day.
Deputy Marshal Lilly had been with the agency for seven years and was survived by his wife and three children.


  • Age 47
  • Tour 7 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Location North Carolina
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Executed

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I just learned of you today, you are my Granny Daisy Lilly Ervin's brother. I'm a genealogist, while working on my own family history today I found you and your cause of death. I was sad and inspired at the same time. I'm grateful for your service, your example and the love you've proven for your fellowman in serving and protecting. Thank you Uncle Sam, peace to you forever~

Annie Duckett Hundley
Great-grand neice

September 19, 2011

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