Chief of Police Elmer Sundby

Chief of Police Elmer Sundby

Eau Claire Police Department, Wisconsin

End of Watch Tuesday, July 26, 1921

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Elmer Sundby

Chief Sundby was shot and killed while attempting to arrest an armed robbery suspect. The suspect had robbed a power company of trolley car receipts and fled towards a wooded area on the bank of the Chippewa River. Chief Sundby, his officers, and citizens began a search of the area. Chief Sundby located the suspect and confronted him. During the ensuing shootout Chief Sundby was shot twice. The suspect escaped by swimming across the river and was never apprehended.
Chief Sundby had been with the agency for 12 years.


  • Age 48
  • Tour 12 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Monday, July 25, 1921
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Never apprehended

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Chief Sundby,
On today, the 100th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Eu Claire. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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