Patrolman John Peterson

Patrolman John Peterson

Red Wing Police Department, Minnesota

End of Watch Wednesday, January 16, 1907

John Peterson

Patrolman Peterson and Chief James Daily both succumbed to gunshot wounds received the previous day when they attempted to apprehend a suspicious person at the Sibley Hotel. The man was mentally deranged and opened fire on the officers, mortally wounding both of them.

The suspect was committed in a state mental hospital and died there on May 11, 1931.

Patrolman Peterson had served with the agency for 14 years. He was survived by his wife and five children.


  • Age 51
  • Tour 14 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Tuesday, January 15, 1907
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Deceased

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Patrolman Peterson,
On today, the 111th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you to you and your Chief who was also killed in that incident for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Red Wing.


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January 16, 2018

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