Chief of Police Aldean Merlin Sorbo

Chief of Police Aldean Merlin Sorbo

Bricelyn Police Department, Minnesota

End of Watch Sunday, July 9, 1978

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Aldean Merlin Sorbo

Chief of Police Aldean Sorbo was fatally struck by a hit-and-run driver on Highway 253 while directing traffic at a funeral home on July 4th, 1978.

The FBI was able to determine the make of the car from paint samples taken from Chief Sorbo's clothing. Several days later two teenage girls were arrested and charged in connection with the accident.

Chief Sorbo was the only member of the Bricelyn Police Department and had served with the agency for three years. He was survived by his daughter and mother.


  • Age 46
  • Tour 3 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicular assault
  • Incident Date Tuesday, July 4, 1978
  • Weapon Automobile
  • Offender Apprehended

hit and run, juvenile offender

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My mother was one of those 2 juvenile girls that got arrested for the accident that happened july 4th, 1978. She didnt mean to hurt anyone and has punished herself an has lived with the guilt an depression her whole life and is very remorseful. I myself never knew about the accident until i was well into my 20s but always wondered why the police had it out for me at a young age. I didnt know a good cop existed until i left the area an went somewhere the authorities didnt know me . The harassment i received from the surrounding authorities for something that happened before I was even born was unnecessary an a unprofessional use of power. It was an accident that cant be fixed or taken back and i know she is sincerely sorry for the pain she has caused. We are sorry for your loss.

The Driver's Son

January 4, 2022

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