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Deputy Sheriff Charles Harold Gates | Marion County Sheriff's Department, Iowa Marion County Sheriff's Department, Iowa

Deputy Sheriff

Charles Harold Gates

Marion County Sheriff's Department, Iowa

End of Watch: Wednesday, October 25, 1967

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 54

Tour: 13 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Rifle

Offender: Shot and killed

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Deputy Sheriff Charles Gates was shot and killed while assisting the Pella Police Department in responding to a domestic disturbance call of a man making threats in a neighborhood.

As officers arrived and approached the house the man opened fire with a rifle, striking Deputy Gates' vehicle three times and then striking Deputy Gates in the hip. The suspect attempted to commit suicide by shooting himself in the head as he was shot and killed by return fire from other officers. Deputy Gates was transported to Pella Hospital and then Methodist Hospital in Des Moines where he succumbed to his wounds the next day.

Deputy Gates had served with the agency for eight years and had previously served with the Pella Police Department for five years. He was survived by his wife and son.

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I can remember Mr. Gates' death all too clearly. Two deaths in one week is hard to forget. Even at 70 yrs old, memories of that week are clear as the clear blue sky.

The Sunday morning following Mike's fathers death, Oct 27, 1967 my mother, Dorothy Helen Stientjes, died of a heart attack. My father had left early that morning to fly to the west coast to purchase lumber for Pella Corp.

I had just arrived back in Denver on Oct 25, the day of Mr. Gates' death, having completed my basic training and AIT at Fort Leonard Wood, MO.

Dr Vander Mullen, who delivered me in 1944 into this world, called me to tell me of her passing. It was 8am, and my father's plane would have a 1hr layover in Denver at 9am. He told me I had to go to the Denver Airport and meet him at the gate. A day I will not forget. Nor the week for that matter.

They both rest in peace.

2 Lt Steven E. Stientjes
US Army, and close friend of the deceased son
December 27, 2014


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