Deputy Marshal Jessie I. Neal, Sr.

Deputy Marshal Jessie I. Neal, Sr.

Farmerville Police Department, Louisiana

End of Watch Sunday, April 8, 1973

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Jessie I. Neal, Sr.

Deputy Marshal Jessie Neal and Deputy Marshal Ned Wiley were shot and killed while responding to a domestic disturbance at the town's public housing complex known as D'Arbonne Village.

The subject shot both officers in the chest at point blank range with a shotgun. The man then started to beat Deputy Marshal Neal, who was still seated in his patrol car, with a pistol. A third officer arrived on the scene and fired at the subject, who fled on foot. The man was arrested hiding in a mobile home on Circle Drive approximately three hours later.

The suspect, 45, was convicted of two counts of murder and sentenced to two life terms. In 1994 he was granted a new trial due to improper jury selection in his first trial. Outcome unknown.

Deputy Marshal Neal was a WWII veteran and also served as the elected constable of Union Parish's Ward One. He was survived by his wife, son, daughter, father, and four siblings.


  • Age 46
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender Sentenced to life


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Deputy Marshal Neal,
On today, the 50th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just for your Community but for our Country as well when you served with the U.S. Army during World War II. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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April 8, 2023

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