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Sheriff Hughes Van Etten | Koochiching County Sheriff's Department, Minnesota Koochiching County Sheriff's Department, Minnesota

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Hughes Van Etten

Koochiching County Sheriff's Department, Minnesota

End of Watch: Friday, September 29, 1922

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 41

Tour: 8 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 9/18/1922

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Shot and killed

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Sheriff Van Etten and Patrolman Wilbert McMicken, of the International Falls Department, succumbed to gunshot wounds received on September 18, 1922. Several officers had gone to a home to arrest a man for forging stolen checks. When the occupants of the house refused to open the door the officers attempted to force entry. One of the men inside opened fire, striking Patrolman McMicken and Sheriff Van Etten each in a leg. The suspect was able to escape but was later shot and killed by a posse. The wounded officers were taken to a local hospital where Patrolman McMicken died the following day. Sheriff Van Etten succumbed to his wound 11 days later.
Sheriff Van Etten had been with the agency for eight years and was survived by his wife and daughter.

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Patrolman Wilbert McMicken
International Falls Police Department, Minnesota
End of Watch: Tuesday, September 19, 1922
Cause: Gunfire

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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 91rst anniversary year 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 Pittsburg (CA) officer Larry Lasater
August 10, 2013

 

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