Policeman Arthur Christian Back

Policeman Arthur Christian Back

De Smet Police Department, South Dakota

End of Watch Tuesday, September 13, 1932

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Arthur Christian Back

Policeman Back succumbed to wounds sustained two nights earlier when he interrupted four brothers breaking into a local business.

Three were apprehended a few days later. The fourth suspect was apprehended a week later in Sioux City, Iowa. He had a gun shot wound in his left arm from Policeman Back's return fire. He signed a confession stating that he was the one who shot Policeman Back. Two days later he died in a Sioux City hospital from gangrene and lockjaw.


  • Age 61
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Sunday, September 11, 1932
  • Weapon Handgun; .38 caliber
  • Offender Shot and killed

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Rest in peace always knowing that no passage of time can ever erase your service and sacrifice.

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

September 13, 2020

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