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Patrolman Arlo Slagle | Ludington Police Department, Michigan Ludington Police Department, Michigan


Arlo Slagle

Ludington Police Department, Michigan

End of Watch: Sunday, July 20, 1958

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 27

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; .38 caliber

Offender: Sentenced to 20 to 40 years

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Patrolman Slagle was shot and killed when he and two other officers responded to a report of a disturbance at a tavern. Two men were attempting to force a waitress to leave with them. The two appeared to be leaving peacefully when told to do so by the officers when one of them suddenly produced a pistol and shot Patrolman Slagle. The gunman fled amid shots from the other officers. The other man surrendered.

The suspect was captured three days later in Valdosta, Georgia. He was convicted of second degree murder and sentenced to 20 to 40 years in prison on October 17, 1958. He was released from prison on December 1, 1966.

Patrolman Slagle was survived by his wife, son, and daughter. He was a Korean War veteran.

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Rest in peace, Uncle Arlo. I'm sorry that we never met. Your son Buck carries your name well, as a fine and honorable man of God.

Lt Col Bryan Hubbell, USAF (Ret.)
July 20, 2015


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