Officer Carl Petersen

Officer Carl Petersen

Westhope Police Department, North Dakota

End of Watch Monday, October 2, 1922

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Carl Petersen

Officer Carl Petersen was shot and killed when he attempted to arrest a four men who had broke into a local hardware store at approximately 2:00 am. As he approached the building he was shot in the leg and bled to death at the scene.

Three weeks later two of the men were arrested and charged with his murder. One was convicted of murder and sentenced to 25 years in prison. On July 26, 1936, he was released. On January 14, 1923, the other suspect was sentenced to 18 months. He was released six months later. A third suspect was arrested in Aberdeen, Washington in 1926. He was convicted of murder and sentenced to 25 years. On April 8, 1936, he was released. The fourth suspect, believed to be the shooter, was never apprehended.

Officer Petersen was survived by his wife and nine children. He was preceded in death by a daughter. He was buried in Dovre Lutheran Cemetery, Newberg, North Dakota.


  • Age 56
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Not available

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No passage of time will ever erase your service and sacrifice. Rest in peace always.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

October 2, 2020

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