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Officer Albert W. Argens | San Francisco Police Department, California San Francisco Police Department, California


Albert W. Argens

San Francisco Police Department, California

End of Watch: Wednesday, February 17, 1937

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 32

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Officer's handgun

Offender: Committed

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Officer Argens was shot and killed after a man acting irrationally took his gun. Officer Argens observed the suspect mumbling to himself and walking out in front of traffic in a downtown shopping district. Officer Argens took the suspect to a call box and called for a patrol wagon to pick them up.
While Officer Argens was calling for the wagon the suspect grabbed the officer’s gun and shot and killed him. Several civilians chased the suspect down the block, where he commandeered a truck and shot the driver. The suspect then jumped onto the running board to a limousine, where a civilian grabbed him and took the gun from his hand.

The 26-year-old suspect was arrested and charged with murder, attempted murder and other charges. He was committed at a state mental hospital for the criminally insane.

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To my Great Uncle, may you rest in peace and know you will never be forgotten.

Sarah Odegaard
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July 3, 2016


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