Chief of Police Elmer Sundby

Chief of Police Elmer Sundby

Eau Claire Police Department, Wisconsin

End of Watch Tuesday, July 26, 1921

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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To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 92nd anniversary year of your death. I am priviliged to be among the first to leave a tribute to you. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered. Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen Pittsburg (CA) officer Larry Lasater

January 19, 2013

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