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City Marshal Charles J. Lodine | Albert City Marshal's Office, Iowa Albert City Marshal's Office, Iowa

City Marshal

Charles J. Lodine

Albert City Marshal's Office, Iowa

End of Watch: Saturday, November 23, 1901

Bio & Incident Details

Age: Not available

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 11/16/1901

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: One shot and killed

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City Marshal Charles Lodine was shot and mortally wounded in a gun battle with three bank robbers.

Three men, who had blown open a safe at the bank in Greenville, Iowa, the night before, were trapped at the depot in Albert City by Marshal Lodine and a Greenville posse. When ordered to surrender, the suspects opened fire killing a posseman and wounding Marshal Lodine in the groin. The posse returned fire killing one suspect. The other two escaped into the country, but were captured a short time later. Marshal Lodine succumbed to his wounds a week later.

The two captured suspects were convicted of two counts of first degree murder and sentenced to death December 6, 1901. Their sentences were commuted to life January 21, 1903. One of the suspects died in prison March 20, 1911.

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I am an Iowa native and was ignorant of the sacrifice of Marshal Lodine. As a retired peace officer, I salute his service. He did his duty.

Sgt. J.D. Peppmeier
Belle Fourche Police (Ret)
October 1, 2013

 

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