Railroad Detective Bruce A. Palmer

Railroad Detective Bruce A. Palmer

Duluth, Missabe, and Northern Railroad Police Department, Railroad Police

End of Watch Tuesday, May 14, 1929

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Bruce A. Palmer

Railroad Detective Bruce Palmer was shot and killed near the railroad depot during a robbery, while escorting two railroad employees with a portion of the payroll to the First National Bank in Proctor, Minnesota. Two suspects with shotguns approached the group and immediately shot Detective Palmer several times in the side. They then told the other two employees to drop the money bags. The employees complied and fled the scene. The two suspects then escaped in a stolen vehicle. More than 20 people witnessed the shooting.

In March of 1931 two suspects, 23 and 32, were apprehended in Memphis, Tennessee. From witness statements and other evidence Michigan officials were sure these were the killers but future developments are unknown.

Detective Palmer had served with the Duluth, Missabe, and Northern Railroad Police Department for 8 years. He had previously served with the Duluth Police Department, Oliver Police Department in Wisconsin, and as chief of the Proctor Police Department. He was survived by his wife.


  • Age 47
  • Tour 8 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Location Minnesota
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender Apprehended

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Rest in Peace Detective Bruce A. Palmer. Thank You for your Service and Sacrifice protecting America's steel roadways. Your courage in the face of danger is a testament to your character.

I Pray for Peace for your Family, Friends and Co-Workers. I also Pray that the thugs that murdered you met with a dastardly fate. May the hounds of hell forever pursue their sorry souls. May the flames of hell totally consume their souls!


Senior Special Agent B.L. Sherwood
Port Terminal Railroad Police Houston, TX

May 15, 2016

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