Deputy Lee Wright

January 29, 1930
Deputy Lee Wright and two fellow deputies attempted to stop a car carrying kidnapping suspects and their hostage, Pinal County Deputy Joe Chapman. During a gunfight at a roadblock, Chapman was wounded, but he survived. The shots that struck Deputy Lee Wight proved fatal and he died sixteen days later. Though the suspects fled the scene, all three were captured with the aid of a volunteer pilot flying a monoplane and using a deputy and a reporter as spotters. One suspect was sentenced to life in prison for Deputy Wright’s murder, and the other two died in a Pennsylvania electric chair for killing a Pennsylvania Highway Patrolman.