Deputy Sheriff Aslak O. Thorsen

Deputy Sheriff Aslak O. Thorsen

Bottineau County Sheriff's Department, North Dakota

End of Watch Wednesday, July 1, 1936

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Aslak O. Thorsen

Deputy Sheriff Thorsen was shot and killed by a mentally disturbed man holed up in a hotel. Officers were attempting to arrest the man on a civil disturbance charge.

The suspect, an escapee from an insane asylum, was apprehended a few days later. When captured it was discovered that he was suffering from a sunstroke. He was admitted to a hospital where he died on July 11, 1936.

Deputy Thorsen was survived by his wife.


  • Age 54
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Deceased

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Thank you for your service and please know that your sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten. Rest in peace always.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

July 1, 2020

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