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Patrolman Robert E. Summit Township Police Department, Wisconsin


Robert E. "Rocky" Atkins, Jr.

Summit Township Police Department, Wisconsin

End of Watch: Sunday, January 26, 1975

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 28

Tour: 4 years

Badge # 2

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Released in 2013

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Patrolman Robert Atkins and Patrolman Wayne were shot and killed in front of the police station as they began their shift.

For several days all shifts had been doubled due to a recent rash of burglaries, including three at the police station. Shortly after midnight a citizen heard several gun shots in front of the city hall. At approximately 0400 hours units began looking for the officers who failed to respond to radio calls.

Patrolman Olson's body was located behind some bushes in front of town hall and Patrolman Atkins' body was found in the woods just south of town hall. An all-day search led officers to the home of a 16-year-old boy. Evidence of the burglaries and murders were found in his bedroom. The suspect was declared insane and committed to a mental institution. He was released in 2013.

Patrolman Atkins was survived by his wife.

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Patrolman Wayne W. Olson
Summit Township Police Department, Wisconsin
End of Watch: Sunday, January 26, 1975
Cause: Gunfire

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"To all who have given the ultimate sacrifice and now make that one final patrol, their duty was to serve, our duty is to remember" . Gone but not forgotten. Thank you Patrolman Atkins for your service and sacrifice.

G. Birkholz
mother of Officer Craig Birkholz, Fond du Lac PD, EOW 3/20/11
January 7, 2014


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