Patrolman Oran H. Pape

Patrolman Oran H. Pape

Iowa State Patrol, Iowa

End of Watch Thursday, April 30, 1936

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Oran H. Pape

Patrolman Oran Pape was shot and killed while struggling with a suspect who had abducted him during a traffic stop on Highway 61 (modern-day Highway 22) near Fairport.

Patrolman Pape had stopped the vehicle suspecting it was stolen. As he approached the car the driver pointed a gun at him and told him to get into the vehicle.

As they drove away Patrolman Pape grabbed the driver and began to struggle with him. During the struggle two shots were fired, one struck Patrolman Pape in the abdomen and groin and the other struck the suspect in the head, killing him instantly. Patrolman Pape was able to seek help and was taken to a local hospital where he succumbed to his wounds the next day.

Patrolman Pape had served with the Iowa State Patrol for one year.


  • Age 29
  • Tour 1 year
  • Badge 40

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Wednesday, April 29, 1936
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Shot and killed

abducted, traffic stop, stolen vehicle

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