Patrol Officer Kenneth M. Olson

Patrol Officer Kenneth M. Olson

East Grand Forks Police Department, Minnesota

End of Watch Wednesday, July 19, 1978

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Kenneth M. Olson

Patrol Officer Kenneth Olson was shot and killed while answering a prowler call on Ninth Street Northeast at 2:30 am.

While investigating the call the man who called to report the prowler opened fire with a shotgun, striking Officer Olson in the chest.

Officer Olson had served with the East Grand Forks Police Department for four years. He was survived by his wife.


  • Age 25
  • Tour 4 years
  • Badge 543

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender Not available

suspicious person

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I grew up having Kenny as a good friend. We used to go hunting and fishing together. I will never forget the football and baseball games played with his brothers and cousin at the Olson farm.
Kenny's death was one of the reasons I went into Law Enforcement.

Chief Deputy Marvin Holweger
Larimore PD, Cando PD and Benson County

February 14, 2021

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