The Nevada State Journal, April 1, 1938 headline reads, “Sacramento Cop and Tramp are Slain”
On March 31, 1938 Special Officer Frank B. French stopped an armed man identified as Jasper Spees of Pocatello, Idaho who was prowling the railroad tracks east of Sacramento. Special Officer McManus had just alighted from a passing freight train when he saw Spees level his rifle at French. McManus raised his revolver at Specs who turned and fired at him. Although shot twice, McManus returned fire hitting Spees in the head, killing him instantly. McManus died a short time later in a Sacramento hospital.