Lieutenant Oscar G. Olson

Lieutenant Oscar G. Olson

Duluth Police Department, Minnesota

End of Watch Monday, December 1, 1941

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Oscar G. Olson

Lieutenant Oscar Olson was shot and killed while attempting to arrest a suspect who had barricaded himself inside his house at 2212 West First Street with a gun.

Lieutenant Olson attempted to resolve the situation peacefully, but was eventually forced to kick down the door. As he did so the man shot him with a revolver. Lieutenant Olson was able to return fire and killed the man.

Lieutenant Olson had served with the Duluth Police Department for 33 years and had previously served as its police chief from 1935 to 1939. He was survived by his wife and child.


  • Age 54
  • Tour 33 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender Shot and killed


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Lieutenant Oscar G. Olson, we honor your selfless service, courage and commitment to standing watch over the citizens of Duluth and we won’t forget how you paid the ultimate sacrifice as a peacekeeper.

With great honor and respect,

Chief Mike Tusken and the Duluth Police Department

“Service before self is how we live and the sacrifices we make along the way become our lasting legacy.”

-Chief Mike Tusken
Duluth, MN Police Dept.

December 1, 2019

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