St. Joseph (Missouri) Gazette, Friday, April 14, 1933
JOPLIN, Missouri (AP) — A gun battle with two suspected desperadoes yesterday in a house in an exclusive residential district of Joplin last night had claimed the lives of two officers.
J. W. Harryman, 41, Newton County constable, was killed in the first exchange of shots. Harry McGinnis, Joplin city detective, whose arm was shot away and who suffered body wounds, died in a hospital late last night.
The two men, accompanied by a woman, later escaped in a motor car after many shots had been fired in a gun battle with a second detective and two state highway patrolmen.
An intensive search throughout this district is under way for the slayers.
Harryman and McGinnis accompanied Detective Tom DeGraff in a police car to make a search of the house which the two men had rented several days before. Police suspected them or robbery activities.
Highway Patrolmen W. E. Grammer and George B. Kahler went to the scene in a state car.
As DeGraff drove the police car to near the door of the basement garage of the house, a man was seen in the garage door, which was open a short space. Harryman alighted and started toward the man. He was greeted with a burst of gunfire from a sawed-off shotgun. He fell with a dozen wounds in the right neck and shoulder.
McGinnis then jumped from the car and he, too, was sprayed with bullets. His right arm was nearly severed. He also received bullet wounds in the left side and face.
DeGraff, uninjured, shouted to the highway patrolmen to telephone for reinforcements. In the meantime, a fusillade of shots was fired into the garage by DeGraff and one of the patrolman.
A few moments later, the garage door was opened, and a man, a shotgun inn his hands, menaced the officers, firing at them. His companion backed out a motor car in which a young woman also sat, and the three sped away, driving south out of the city.
Authorities searching the house later, found an automatic rifle, four high-power rifles, a sawed-off shotgun and a revolver.
They also found pardon papers showing that Governor Miriam Ferguson of Texas had granted a full pardon to Ivy (Buck) Barrow, March 20, 1933, from a four-year sentence from Benton County, Texas, for burglary and theft. A motor car certificate of title also bore the name Carl Beaty. Police are searching for those two men on the theory they are the ones who engaged in the fatal gun battle.
Police said they sought the two men for questioning in connection with recent robberies, and had gone to the house for that purpose.
Officers in a telephone conversation with Joplin police last night expressed belief that the two men engaged in the gunfight were Ivy (Buck) Barrow and his brother, Clyde, who has been using the assumed name of Carl Beaty.
Both men, said Dallas officers, are wanted in Abilene and Sherman, Texas, on highway robbery charges. They also told Joplin officers that Clyde Barrow is alleged to have killed four officers at various times.
Carl Beaty, Joplin officers were informed, is a resident of Dallas and is now there — the man whose name Clyde Barrow used in obtaining certificate of title to a large car seized here.
Dallas officers said the last trace they had of the Barrow brothers was in Michigan.
Police also announced that in the house where the men lived they seized five diamonds, part of the loot in a $1,500 diamond robbery staged recently in Neosho, Missouri.
Police said the car in which the desperadoes sped away was last seen at Seneca, Missouri, twenty miles south of here.