Chief of Police Frank Otis Town

Chief of Police Frank Otis Town

Park Rapids Police Department, Minnesota

End of Watch Saturday, July 10, 1943

Frank Otis Town

Chief Town was shot and killed after responding to a domestic disturbance in which a man came home drunk and began to assault his wife and daughter. When his wife fled the man ran to his barn with a .22 caliber rifle. When Chief Town arrived he parked next to the back door to the home and began to approach the house. The suspect then ambushed him from the barn and shot him once in the heart, killing him. The suspect was later apprehended by one of his neighbors and several deputies.
Chief Town had been with the agency for at least 11 years. He was survived by his wife, two sons, and stepdaughter.


  • Age 59
  • Tour 11 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle; .22 caliber
  • Offender Apprehended

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Chief Town,
On today, the 75th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Park Rapids. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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July 10, 2018

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