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Constable William Irving Jr.
Ontario Provincial Police

End of Watch: Thursday, June 23, 1904

Biographical Info
Age: 30
Tour of Duty: 10 years
Badge Number: Not available

Incident Details
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: Thursday, June 23, 1904
Weapon Used: Gun; Unknown type
Suspect Info: Not available

Constable Irving was stationed at Sudbury, Ontario, at the time of his death.

Constable Irving received a telegram with instruction to arrest a man suspected of several burglaries and robberies along the rail line between Sudbury and Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. Constable Irving boarded a train where the suspect was located.

While escorting the suspect from the train, the suspect sidestepped between two seats drew a small derringer type pistol from his sleeve and fired on Constable Irving mortally wounding him. The suspect then escaped only to be captured a few days later with the aid of a posse.

The suspect was found guilty and sentenced to be hanged. The sentence was later commuted to life imprisonment.

Constable Irving had served for 10 years as a police officer.

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