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Chief of Police Earl H. Berendes | Bellevue Police Department, Iowa Bellevue Police Department, Iowa

Chief of Police

Earl H. Berendes

Bellevue Police Department, Iowa

End of Watch: Wednesday, April 16, 1969

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 60

Tour: 13 years

Badge # 49-21

Cause: Assault

Weapon: Blunt object; Shovel

Offender: Paroled after 3 years

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Chief Berendes was beaten to death with a shovel while investigating a burglary at a local garage. The suspect was convicted of murder and sentenced to 50 years, but was paroled less then three years later.

Chief Berendes had served with the agency for 13 years. He was survived by his wife, two sons, and two daughters.

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Rest in Peace, Chief Berendes. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169
May 23, 2013

 

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