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Police Officer Emil Arthur Speth | Davenport Police Department, Iowa Davenport Police Department, Iowa

Police Officer

Emil Arthur Speth

Davenport Police Department, Iowa

End of Watch: Friday, January 26, 1917

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 42

Tour: 12 years

Badge # 13

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 1/25/1917

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Pardoned in 1921

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Patrolman Speth succumbed to gunshot wounds received the previous day when he attempted to remove a man from his hotel room. He had been ordered to escort the man to the police station to answer questions regarding a fraud investigation. The man refused to leave his room and shot Patrolman Speth when he forcefully tried to make him go. Patrolman Speth was able to return fire, as well as other officers arriving on the scene, seriously wounding the suspect.

The suspect was convicted of second degree murder and sentenced to 17 years in prison. He was pardoned by Governor N.E. Kendall October 1, 1921.

Patrolman Speth was survived by his wife and eight children.

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Rest in Peace, Patrolman Speth. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169
May 23, 2013

 

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