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The Memphis Daily Appeal
The Memphis Daily Appeal
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Description: Triple Murder - Two Policemen Shot Down

Date: August 25 1885

Newspaper published in: Memphis, TN


Page/Column: Page 2, Column 2

Two Policemen Shot Down by a Wife-Beater
SPRINGFIELD, ILL., August 23. This city is greatly excited over a double and what may turn out to be a triple murder, which occurred in broad daylight on one of the principal streets Sunday morning. Leonard Gardner, who spent the night in jail for wife-beating, procured bail and was released. He immediately armed himself with two revolvers of large calibre and became loud in his threats against Policemen W. J. Camp and Fred Gall, who arrested him. About noontime Gardner saw the two policemen approaching him on Washington Street. Hastily entering a hallway, he opened fire. Officer Camp fell dead. Gall returned the fire rapidly, and in a moment Gardner fell, pierced with three bullets. He died instantly. Officer Gall fell with two bullets in him. It is not thought likely he will recover.

Submitted: 06/08/14

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