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Patrolman Wilbert McMicken | International Falls Police Department, Minnesota International Falls Police Department, Minnesota

Patrolman

Wilbert McMicken

International Falls Police Department, Minnesota

End of Watch: Tuesday, September 19, 1922

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 28

Tour: 2 months

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 9/18/1922

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Shot and killed

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Patrolman McMicken and Sheriff Hughes Van Etten, of the Koochiching County Sheriff's Department, succumbed to gunshot wounds received on September 18, 1922. Several officers had gone to a home to arrest a man for forging stolen checks. When the occupants of the house refused to open the door the officers attempted to force entry. One of the men inside opened fire, striking Patrolman McMicken and Sheriff Van Etten each in a leg. The suspect was able to escape but was later shot and killed by a posse. The wounded officers were taken to a local hospital where Patrolman McMicken died the following day. Sheriff Van Etten succumbed to his wound 11 days later.
Officer McMicken had been with the agency for two months and was survived by his wife and five children.

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End of Watch: Friday, September 29, 1922
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Doing ancestral research, Wilbert was the father of my great-aunt's husband Vernon (Mickey). When I bump into selfless heroism, I like to acknowledge the brave fallen.

I really appreciate the story above from Vernon's son Terry.

civilian, Renee
October 12, 2016

 

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