Chief of Police John J. Sturgus

Chief of Police John J. Sturgus

Anchorage Police Department, Alaska

End of Watch Sunday, February 20, 1921

John J. Sturgus

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.


  • Age 60
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Case never solved

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Rest In Peace Brother in Blue. You are not forgotten.

Officer Mike Robinson (Ret)
Upland Police Dept. CA

February 20, 2018

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