Conservation Officer Emil Skoglund

Conservation Officer Emil Skoglund

Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Michigan

End of Watch Wednesday, September 29, 1926

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Emil Skoglund

Conservation Officer Emil Skoglund and Conservation Officer Arvid Erickson were shot and killed while attempting to arrest a man for spotlighting deer seven miles north of Gwinn, Michigan.

They stopped behind the man's car on the road between Gwinn and Sands. After shooting both officers, the suspect placed their bodies in the officers' vehicle and submerged them in a lake. After being arrested the suspect led authorities to the location where the bodies and vehicle were recovered.

The man was convicted of murdering both officers and was sentenced to life in prison. He died in prison 22 years later.

Officer Skoglund was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran. He is buried in Greenwood Cemetery, Warren, Marshall County, Minnesota.


  • Age 36
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .22 caliber
  • Offender Sentenced to life


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Officer Skoglund,
On today, the 97th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just as a Law Enforcement Officer but to our Country as well when you served with the USMC.

Semper Fi Devil Dog!
A fellow LEO;former Marine

United States Border Patrol

September 29, 2023

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