Police Officer Allen F. Shoemaker

Police Officer Allen F. Shoemaker

Chicago and Northwestern Railroad Police Department, Railroad Police

End of Watch Sunday, May 17, 1925

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Allen F. Shoemaker

Police Officer Allen Shoemaker was shot and killed while conducting a train check in Missouri Valley, Iowa.

Officer Shoemaker ran across nine men riding in the gondola car. Officer Shoemaker turned his flashlight on them and demanded to know what they were doing. One man drew a gun and shot Officer Shoemaker four times.

In 1930 a Texas inmate serving a seven year sentence confessed that he killed Officer Shoemaker and gave explicit details that convinced Iowa officials that he was his murderer. Iowa officials asked that he be returned, but for some unknown reason Texas officials refused.

Officer Shoemaker had served with the agency for four years. He was survived by his wife.


  • Age 28
  • Tour 4 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

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


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Time may have passed but you are not forgotten. I believe as long as someone remembers you or speaks your name, you are still with us.
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God Bless

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