Patrolman George Wesley Schane

Patrolman George Wesley Schane

Des Moines Police Department, Iowa

End of Watch Monday, May 4, 1942

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George Wesley Schane

Patrolman George Schane succumbed from injuries received two days earlier when he was accidentally shot with his own weapon.

He was reaching into the rear of his vehicle when his weapon accidentally discharged. The bullet passed through his body, and then ricochet into the ground in front of the municipal court building.

Patrolman Schane had served with the Des Moines Police Department for one month. He was survived by his wife, daughter, and parents.


  • Age 28
  • Tour 1 month
  • Badge 350

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire (Inadvertent)
  • Incident Date Saturday, May 2, 1942

accidental discharge

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Patrolman Schane,
On today, the 80th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Des Moines. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

May 4, 2022

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