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Patrolman Ira Leon Evans | Minneapolis Police Department, Minnesota Minneapolis Police Department, Minnesota

Patrolman

Ira Leon Evans

Minneapolis Police Department, Minnesota

End of Watch: Friday, December 16, 1932

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 39

Tour: 8 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 12/16/1932

Weapon: Rifle; Machine gun

Suspect: Sentenced to life

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Patrolmen Ira Evans and Leo Gorski were shot and killed when they responded to a bank robbery in progress at Central and East Hennepin Avenues.

As they exited their patrol car, two of the suspects opened fire on them with a shotgun and machine gun. Both officers were fatally wounded. The suspects escaped but were eventually apprehended.

One of the shooters was also responsible for the murder of Marshal John Rose of the Kirksville, Missouri, Police Department on November 17, 1930. The suspect was sentenced to life in prison.

In 1934 the suspect was believed to have gone insane and was transferred to a state hospital. Two years later he led an escape of 15 inmates and continued to rob banks. On July 8, 1936, he shot and killed Officer Cal Palmer, of the Enid, Oklahoma, Police Department, after getting drunk in a local bar.

Patrolman Evans had been employed with the Minneapolis Police Department for eight years, and was survived by his wife. He is buried in Sunset Memorial Park Cemetery, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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Night Marshal John W. Rose
Kirksville Police Department, Missouri
End of Watch: Monday, November 17, 1930
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Patrolman Leo R. Gorski
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End of Watch: Sunday, December 18, 1932
Cause: Gunfire

Police Officer Cal Palmer
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End of Watch: Wednesday, July 8, 1936
Cause: Gunfire

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 79th 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 murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05
December 16, 2011

 

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