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Slain Kentucky marshal honored over a century later in Texas

1 year 1 week 3 days ago Friday, July 26 2019 Jul 26, 2019 July 26, 2019 3:09 PM July 26, 2019 in News - AP Texas Headlines

By JAKE BLEIBEG
Associated Press

PLANO, Texas (AP) - A federal officer gunned down while transporting prisoners through eastern Kentucky has been honored at a small courthouse ceremony in Texas, more than a century after his death.

Senior officials with the U.S. Marshals Service and judges gathered Friday in Plano to present a flag to Russell Wireman's great-great-great grandson, Gary Hulsey. Wireman, a marshal, was shot in the chest in 1889 during the so-called Moonshine War.

The presentation of the folded flag was part of an effort by America's oldest federal law-enforcement agency to recognize officers whose deaths during a particularly deadly period of its history had been obscured by the passing decades.

U.S. Marshals Service historian David Turk says Wireman was one of many marshals killed during a federal government crackdown of illegal liquor distilleries around the turn of the 20th century.

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