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Deputy Sheriff Robert G. Sproat | Cedar County Sheriff's Department, Iowa Cedar County Sheriff's Department, Iowa

Deputy Sheriff

Robert G. Sproat

Cedar County Sheriff's Department, Iowa

End of Watch: Friday, August 8, 1930

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 56

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Rifle; Machine gun

Offender: Executed in 1938

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Deputy Sproat was shot and killed when he and two other officers setup a roadbloack near Tipton to stop three robbery suspects who were fleeing Davenport. One of the suspects opened fire with a machine gun as they ran the roadblock, striking Deputy Sproat in the chest.

One of the suspects was apprehended at his home in Ohio several days later. He was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to life in prison. He was paroled August 13, 1952.

The other two suspects, who were brothers, remained at large until 1936 when one, identified as the shooter, was apprehended in California. He was found guilty of first degree murder and executed in January of 1938. A few weeks after his execution the FBI discovered that his brother had committed suicide in Reading, California, on April 20, 1934.

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Rest in Peace, Deputy Sproat. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169
May 23, 2013

 

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