Sheriff Hughes Van Etten

Sheriff Hughes Van Etten

Koochiching County Sheriff's Department, Minnesota

End of Watch Friday, September 29, 1922

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Hughes Van Etten

Sheriff Van Etten and Patrolman Wilbert McMicken, of the International Falls Department succumbed to gunshot wounds received on September 18, 1922.

Several officers had gone to a home to arrest a man for forging stolen checks. When the occupants of the house refused to open the door, the officers attempted to force entry. One of the men inside opened fire, striking Patrolman McMicken and Sheriff Van Etten each in a leg. The wounded officers were taken to a local hospital where Patrolman McMicken died the following day. Sheriff Van Etten succumbed to his wound 11 days later.

The suspect was able to escape but was later shot and killed by a posse.

Sheriff Van Etten had been with the Koochiching County Sheriff's Department for eight years. He was survived by his wife and daughter.


  • Age 41
  • Tour 8 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Monday, September 18, 1922
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Shot and killed


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Sheriff Van Etten,
On today, the 100th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Koochiching County.


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September 29, 2022

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