- Associated Press - Saturday, May 27, 2017

VICKSBURG, Miss. (AP) - A Mississippi deputy killed in the line of duty in 1930 is finally getting recognized.

Clarence Lanier, a Warren County sheriff’s deputy, was shot and killed Aug. 10, 1930, The Vicksburg Post reported (https://bit.ly/2qh8gSk ).

But it wasn’t until Doug Arp, a retired Vicksburg police officer, heard about his case that he was eventually added to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C.

Arp was alerted to the omission in 2015 when someone called him and said the deputy’s name was included on a website honoring fallen law enforcement officers. But when he called the memorial in Washington D.C. he learned Lanier was not listed.

That began a two-year quest for information by Arp, who had researched the deaths of other Warren County deputies in the line of duty for their inclusion on the wall.

“When I did the research 20 years ago, they didn’t have all these websites that had him on that,” Arp told the newspaper.

Lanier’s name was added to the memorial earlier this month.

The newspaper reports that Lanier died in an altercation with two men who blamed Lanier for a raid on a whiskey still that happened several weeks earlier. Lanier was driving by a store where the men were located and they cursed at him, causing him to stop.

The men later ran into the store, came out with guns and opened fire on Lanier, the paper reported.

Lanier is buried in a Vicksburg cemetery next to his wife Edna, who died three days after her husband.

Warren County Sheriff Martin Pace credits Arp with doing the legwork that eventually led to Lanier being included on the memorial.

“Doug brought this to my attention two years ago, and I credit Doug with doing all the research,” Pace said. “We’re proud to say today Deputy Lanier’s name is on the National Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C., as it should be.”


Information from: The Vicksburg Post, https://www.vicksburgpost.com

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