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 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 been with the agency 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

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Your sacrifice and those of all our fallen heroes were selfless acts made defending and protecting the lives and liberties of others. In the century since your sacrifice, there has been a loss of community, kindness, and decency. Violent crimes across the country are sharply rising in view of an increasing lack of respect and support for those in Blue.

I stand here today because of you and the family you left behind. Because of you, I stand behind and support those in Blue.

I pray Humanity finds itself once again so the sacrifices by you and others do not become having been made in vain.

Suzannah K. Sundby

May 7, 2021

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