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Patrolman Johannes F. Koch | Clinton Police Department, Iowa Clinton Police Department, Iowa


Johannes F. Koch

Clinton Police Department, Iowa

End of Watch: Wednesday, August 4, 1926

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 29

Tour: 4 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; .45 caliber

Offender: Sentenced to 8 years

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Patrolman Koch was shot and killed as he and other officers attempted to arrest a bootlegger who had jumped bail. Patrolman Koch and his partner approached the suspect and his wife as they returned to their car. The suspect pulled out a .45 caliber revolver and fired as Patrolman Koch attempted to grab it.

Both officers returned fire, wounding the suspect and his wife. They were both taken into custody. The suspect was convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to 8 years in prison November 9, 1926.

Patrolman Koch had served with the agency for 4 years. He was survived by his wife, 2-year-old son, and parents.

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My grandpa used to tell me about you when I was growing up, he said there was a whole line of children that walked behind as you were carried to your place of rest, he said you were a courageous and honorable Police officer that many people had a great deal of respect for! I wish I could've met you! Someday maybe we will! I love you! And if BIG HANDSOME GRANDPA is up there with you tell him I said hi and I love and miss him very much!

Jerid Koch
Great grandson
November 1, 2016


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