John Patterson Kerlin The Bee Danville, VA 4 Sep 1945
Man Killed During Row At Horse Show Sought To Prevent Seizure Of Liquor MANASSAS. Va.. Sept. 4.—i/P)— State Trooper P. M. Hermlon said that a dispute arising when a crowd attempted to prevent officers officers from seizing a car containing containing several gallons of whiskey at a horse show yesterday resulted in the death of one man, injuries to an officer and the arrest of 10 or 12 persons on charges of inciting to riot. One of the spectators. Alvin Lacy, died last night in an Alexandria Alexandria hospital from a bullet wound in the head, and Deputy Sheriff Turner D. W. Eeling sustained sustained a stab in the hack and head wounds. Herndon said. Herndon, Sheriff J. P. Kerlin and Deputy Sheriff Wheeling were called to the horse show, which is an annual event sponsored by ne- groes, in response to complaints from spectators concerning the whiskey, Herndon declared. Trooper Herndon gave this version version of the incident: When the. officers attempted to seize the car containing the whiskey, whiskey, a crowd gathered and Deputy Wheeling became involved in a dispute dispute after a wrecker had been called called to tow the car away. A shot was heard and Lacy fell. The person person firing the shot has not been identified. More shots were heard and the officers called for reinforcements. As the crowd began to dispense, Ihe liquor car disappeared. Eight additional troopers arrived arrived at the scene and two military policemen stationed in Manassas also responded to a call.