Sheriff William E. Strain

Sheriff William E. Strain

Monona County Sheriff's Department, Iowa

End of Watch Friday, September 5, 1902

William E. Strain

Sheriff Strain succumbed to a gunshot wound received five days earlier while attempting to arrest a man for making threats. The suspect was hiding in a cornfield and shot Sheriff Strain in the abdomen with a shotgun as the sheriff searched for him.

The suspect, who fled the scene and remained at large for 42 years, was finally recognized by a citizen and apprehended in Spokane, Washington. The murder warrant was sent for, but before it could be served the suspect died. He was 86.


  • Age 30
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Monday, September 1, 1902
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender Apprehended in 1944

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Rest in Peace, Sheriff Strain. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

January 3, 2014

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