Sheriff Fred August Patrikus

Sheriff Fred August Patrikus

Billings County Sheriff's Department, North Dakota

End of Watch Sunday, August 25, 1940

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Fred August Patrikus

Sheriff Patrikus succumbed to a gunshot wound received five days earlier when he was attempting to arrest an escaped convict from St. Cloud Reformatory in Minnesota. During the arrest, Sheriff Patrikus was shot in the abdomen. The suspect, 25, had escaped a week earlier. He had served nine months of a five year sentence for grand larceny. He was apprehended, convicted of second degree murder, and sentenced to 25 years.

Sheriff Patrikus had served as Sheriff for three years and was survived by his wife.

Photo provided by the Billings County Museum.


  • Age 44
  • Tour 3 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Tuesday, August 20, 1940
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to 25 years

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Delaware State Police (Retired)

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