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Patrolman Oran H. Pape | Iowa State Patrol, Iowa Iowa State Patrol, Iowa


Oran H. Pape

Iowa State Patrol, Iowa

End of Watch: Thursday, April 30, 1936

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 29

Tour: 1 year

Badge # 40

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 4/29/1936

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Shot and killed

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Patrolman Oran Pape was shot and killed while struggling with a suspect who had abducted him during a traffic stop on Highway 61 near Fairport. Patrolman Pape had stopped the vehicle, suspecting it was stolen. As he approached the car the driver pointed a gun at him and told him to get into the vehicle.

As they drove away Patrolman Pape grabbed the driver and began to struggle with him. During the struggle two shots were fired, one struck Patrolman Pape in the abdomen and groin and the other struck the suspect in the head, killing him instantly. Patrolman Pape was able to seek help and was taken to a local hospital where he succumbed to his wound the next day.

Patrolman Pape had served with the Iowa State Patrol for one year.

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Rest in Peace. My mother was Ruth Mary Pape (1913-2005) and she often spoke of him and kept the newspaper clipping of his fatal confrontation. Coincidentally, my high school athletic director, Mike Farroh, played college football with him. During a drive to Arizona I saw the bridge by Des Moines, Iowa, bearing the Pape name...very touching.

Dr. Alan Polse
Cousin of mother
February 26, 2015


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