Patrolman Arlo Slagle

Patrolman Arlo Slagle

Ludington Police Department, Michigan

End of Watch Sunday, July 20, 1958

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Arlo Slagle

Patrolman Slagle was shot and killed when he and two other officers responded to a report of a disturbance at a tavern. Two men were attempting to force a waitress to leave with them. The two appeared to be leaving peacefully when told to do so by the officers when one of them suddenly produced a pistol and shot Patrolman Slagle. The gunman fled amid shots from the other officers. The other man surrendered.

The suspect was captured three days later in Valdosta, Georgia. He was convicted of second degree murder and sentenced to 20 to 40 years in prison on October 17, 1958. He was released from prison on December 1, 1966.

Patrolman Slagle was survived by his wife, son, and daughter. He was a Korean War veteran.


  • Age 27
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .38 caliber
  • Offender Sentenced to 20 to 40 years

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Thank you for your service. You are survived by a wonderful daughter, son, and many grandchildren and great grandchildren. As the husband of one of you granddaughters, I will make sure our kids know of your sacrifice.

Jeff Bergman DO
Husband of Randi Bergman who is the daughter of Diane Slagle

November 26, 2020

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