Bio & Incident Details
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Incident Date: 1/26/1975
Weapon: Gun; Unknown type
Suspect: Committed to mental institute
Patrolman Wayne Olson and Patrolman Robert Atkins were shot and killed in front of the police station as they began their shift. For several days all shifts had been doubled due to a recent rash of burglaries, including three at the police station. Shortly after midnight a citizen heard several gun shots in front of the city hall. At approximately 0400 hours units began looking for the officers who failed to respond to radio calls.
Patrolman Olson's body was located behind some bushes in front of town hall and Patrolman Atkins' body was found in the woods just south of town hall. An all-day search led officers to the home of a 16-year-old boy. Evidence of the burglaries and murders were found in his bedroom. The suspect was declared insane and committed to a mental institute, where he currently remains.
Patrolman Olson was survived by his wife and daughter.
Related Line of Duty Deaths
Patrolman Robert E. "Rocky" Atkins, Jr.