Police Officer Michael Lee Farnsworth

Police Officer Michael Lee Farnsworth

Davenport Police Department, Iowa

End of Watch Sunday, December 5, 1971

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Michael Lee Farnsworth

Officer Michael Farnsworth was shot and killed while attempting to apprehend a suspect connected to the armed robbery of a Chicago police officers' motel room. The suspect was convicted of second-degree murder but released after only 16 years. The suspect then went on to become a guest lecturer at DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois. When citizens found out about this atrocity the program he was lecturing for was suspended.

Officer Farnsworth had served with the agency for less then one year. He was survived by his wife and newborn baby.


  • Age 29
  • Tour 1 year
  • Badge 0419

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Released after 16 years

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Officer Farnsworth,
On today, the 50th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just for your Community but for our Country as well when you served with the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

December 5, 2021

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