Chief of Police Frank Otis Town

Chief of Police Frank Otis Town

Park Rapids Police Department, Minnesota

End of Watch Saturday, July 10, 1943

Frank Otis Town

Chief Town was shot and killed after responding to a domestic disturbance in which a man came home drunk and began to assault his wife and daughter. When his wife fled the man ran to his barn with a .22 caliber rifle. When Chief Town arrived he parked next to the back door to the home and began to approach the house. The suspect then ambushed him from the barn and shot him once in the heart, killing him. The suspect was later apprehended by one of his neighbors and several deputies.
Chief Town had been with the agency for at least 11 years. He was survived by his wife, two sons, and stepdaughter.


  • Age 59
  • Tour 11 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle; .22 caliber
  • Offender Apprehended

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To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 69th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered. Rest In Peace

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, PPD, eow 4/24/05

July 10, 2012

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