Chief of Police Elmer Sundby

Chief of Police Elmer Sundby

Eau Claire Police Department, Wisconsin

End of Watch Tuesday, July 26, 1921

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Elmer Sundby

Chief of Police Elmer Sundby was shot and killed while attempting to arrest an armed robbery suspect.

The suspect had robbed a power company of trolley car receipts and fled towards a wooded area on the bank of the Chippewa River. Chief Sundby, his officers, and citizens began a search of the area. Chief Sundby located the suspect and confronted him. During the ensuing shootout, Chief Sundby was shot twice.

The suspect escaped by swimming across the river and was never apprehended.

Chief Sundby had served with the Eau Claire Police Department for 12 years.


  • Age 48
  • Tour 12 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Monday, July 25, 1921
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Never apprehended

foot pursuit, robbery

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When I think about how your sacrifice changed my family, your family, permanently, I think of the hundreds of thousands of men and women who sacrifice and put their lives on the line to serve and protect—to selflessly help others, thereby changing their lives and their families for the better.

Suzannah K. Sundby

May 17, 2023

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