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Chief of Police John J. Sturgus | Anchorage Police Department, Alaska Anchorage Police Department, Alaska

Chief of Police

John J. Sturgus

Anchorage Police Department, Alaska

End of Watch: Sunday, February 20, 1921

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 60

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 2/20/1921

Weapon: Officer's handgun

Suspect: Case never solved

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Chief John Sturgus was found shot to death in the rear stairwell of a local drug store.

He had been shot in the chest with his own weapon by an unknown assailant. The case was never solved and no motive was ever determined.

Chief Sturgus had served as the Anchorage police chief since the city became a municipality on January 1, 1921. He had previously served as a law enforcement officer in the states of Washington and Montana.

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