Lieutenant Matthew G. Hisler

Lieutenant Matthew G. Hisler

End of Watch: January 3, 1930

Cause of Death: Gunfire

Badge #: 30

On Friday, January 1, 1930, at approximately 9:00 p.m., Lieutenant Matthew G. Hisler responded to a suspicious person call in the downtown area of Fort Myers.  Lt. Hisler discovered a field worker named Ward Carter in the front yard of a downtown residence.  Carter was screaming and began threatening Lt. Hisler.  As Lt. Hisler approached Carter, Carter pulled a shotgun out and fired one round from a distance of three feet.  Lt. Hisler was struck in the left thigh and Carter fled into the nearby woods.  Lt. Hisler was discovered by residents of the area fifteen minutes later and was brought to Lee Memorial Hospital for treatment.

A small posse was formed and located Carter hiding in some tall grass only 200 yards from the shooting scene.  Lt. Hisler died from his injuries two days later.