Deputy Sheriff Otto W. Runde

Deputy Sheriff Otto W. Runde

St. Louis County Sheriff's Office, Missouri

End of Watch Friday, April 18, 1919

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Otto W. Runde

Deputy Sherif Otto Runde was killed while searching for a prowler near the Horton Avenue and Derby Avenue.

He and another deputy were investigating a prowler call at 2230 hours. The two deputies separated while walking down the street and headed toward a man, also walking down the street. The man, who was not connected to the prowler call, thought he was about to be robbed. As Deputy Runde came closer to the man, the man pulled out a gun and shot Deputy Runde twice.

Deputy Sheriff Otto Runde died while being transported to a local hospital. The man who shot him was actually a friend of Deputy Runde’s who mistook him for a robber. Deputy Runde's friend was charged with carrying a concealed weapon.


  • Age 46
  • Tour 10 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Charged with carrying a concealed weapon

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Deputy Sheriff Runde,
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 St. Louis County.

BPA Mike Casey
United States Border Patrol
El Paso Station

April 18, 2019

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