Deputy Sheriff Ernest Zettergren

Deputy Sheriff Ernest Zettergren

Anoka County Sheriff's Office, Minnesota

End of Watch Monday, December 7, 1953

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Ernest Zettergren

Deputy Sheriff Ernest Zettergren was shot and killed when he interrupted a burglary at a local tavern.

He had noticed that a window was broken out at the business and pulled up behind a car in front of it. He was able to radio the license plate when the suspect came out and approached the car. The man immediately shot Deputy Zettergren twice and then fled with the officer's weapon and clipboard.

The man was arrested later in the morning and confessed to the murder. He was subsequently sentenced to life in prison.

Deputy Zettergren was survived by his wife and six children.


  • Age 43
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to life


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Good evening Zettergren family,

Today, I and a group of Maple Grove officers stood guard at the Peace Officer Memorial in St. Paul. Each officer had the responsibility to read the name of a fallen officer. I was honored to read Ernest’s name. Please know Ernest is not forgotten and it was a privilege to read his name and learn about how served. My thoughts and prayers are with your family during this Peace Officer Memorial Day.

Eric Werner, Chief of Police
Maple Grove Police Department

May 15, 2019

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