CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Jan 10, 1973
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(Studio) Funeral held today for Dep. Superintendent Police Louis Sirgo, killed in 2-day shoot-out with sniper. Sniper, shot to death by police, identified as Mark Essex.
REPORTER: Dan Rather
(New Orleans, Louisiana) [Essex's former landlady Rose BROWN - says Essex polite and nice.] [Father of Essex friend William FRANKS - says son told him Essex very nice boy. Never recalls Essex having a gun or knowing how to shoot. Essex not in any militant black organizations.]
REPORTER: Robert Schakne
(Imperial Beach, California) Essex trained as dental assistant in Navy base. [Dental receptionist Alma MONTANO - says Essex must have gotten into wrong group of people.] [Navy dental assistant Paul VALDEZ - says Essex friendly at office. Heard Essex got into fights at clubs. Couldn't take orders.] Essex discharged from Navy for general unsuitability.
REPORTER: Bill Kurtis
(Emporia, Kansas) Family talks with reporter Randy Daniels and Bill Plante. [Essex mother Mrs. Mark ESSEX - says son changed while in Navy. Said wanted to be a free man and that white American should wake up to fact that young blacks not going to take bad treatment.]
REPORTER: Bill Plante