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Sheriff John E. Stack | Morrison County Sheriff's Office, Minnesota Morrison County Sheriff's Office, Minnesota


John E. Stack

Morrison County Sheriff's Office, Minnesota

End of Watch: Saturday, October 16, 1965

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 45

Tour: 10 years

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Military veteran

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 10/15/1965

Weapon: Shotgun

Offender: Sentenced to 40 years

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Sheriff John Stack and Chief Deputy Andrew Herlitz were shot and killed after responding to a dispute between two farmers over a tractor.

When the officers arrived one of the men shot Deputy Herlitz first, and then Sheriff Stack as he was trying to put Deputy Herlitz in the police vehicle. The man then turned himself in to police. The man was charged with two counts of first degree murder.

The suspect pled guilty to two counts of third degree murder and was sentenced to 40 years September 23rd, 1966.

Sheriff Stack had served with the Morrison County Sheriff's Office for 10 years and was survived by his wife and four children. He was a chief petty officer at the Minneapolis Naval Air Station. He is buried in Calvary Cemetery, just West of Anoka, Minnesota.

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Chief Deputy Sheriff Andrew P. Herlitz
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End of Watch: Friday, October 15, 1965
Cause: Gunfire

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My grandfather died before I was born, but, I am proud of his military service to our great country and to the citizens of Morrison county. He will never be forgotten.

Steven Dwyer
May 12, 2015


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