Sheriff Jake Wiggers

Sheriff Jake Wiggers

Rock Island County Sheriff's Department, Illinois

End of Watch Monday, December 30, 1918

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Jake Wiggers

Sheriff Jake Wiggers was shot and killed in a shootout with four robbery suspects when he and two other officers stopped their car.

One suspect, the 21-year-old who fired the fatal shot, which was later discovered, was arrested. Two others were apprehended a week later in Burlington, Iowa. They escaped from the Mercer County Jail on April 6, 1919, stole a car, and were never seen again. The fourth suspect, who had remained a large for more than 22 years, surrendered to parole officers in Springfield on April 24, 1942.

Sheriff Wiggers' killer was convicted of murder and sentenced to life. He was paroled on December 23, 1940. He was returned to prison in 1942 for violating his parole. He was paroled again on December 23, 1943. He testified at the fourth suspect's trial, stating he participated in the robbery but took no part in the shooting. He was acquitted of murder but sentenced to three years for violating his parole.

Sheriff Wiggers had served with the Rock Island County Sheriff's Department for one year.

Bio

  • Age Not available
  • Tour 1 year
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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We never met. Your story has been passed to me through your daughter Norma. I am an old man now. Those that serve are long remembered.

Michael F Webster
Great-grandson

December 25, 2019

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