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Sergeant Harry Linn Booton | Des Moines Police Department, Iowa Des Moines Police Department, Iowa


Harry Linn Booton

Des Moines Police Department, Iowa

End of Watch: Sunday, December 11, 1932

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 42

Tour: 5 years

Badge # 56

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Released after 30 years

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Sergeant Booton was shot and killed after he and another officer stopped two suspicious men parked in front of a laundromat. The suspects were planning on robbing the laundromat and opened fire on the officers when they approached, striking Sergeant Booton in the chest.

The suspects were apprehended and brought to the hospital where Sergeant Booton identified the shooter before succumbing to his injuries.

Both suspects were convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to life in prison. One had his sentence commuted to 90 years by the governor and was paroled in 1962. He was returned to prison four months later for violating his parole. He was paroled again September 8, 1966. The other suspect died in prison May 9, 1950.

Sergeant Booton had been with the agency for five years.

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Rest in Peace, Sergeant Booton. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169
May 26, 2013


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