Patrolman Sylvan E. Dykstra

Patrolman Sylvan E. Dykstra

Sioux City Police Department, Iowa

End of Watch Saturday, July 18, 1953

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Sylvan E. Dykstra

Patrolman Sylvan Dykstra was accidentally shot and killed by another officer at the department's booking window at 6th and Water Streets.

The officers were standing on opposite sides of the window discussing a case when the other officer's weapon discharged. The round struck Patrolman Dykstra in the head, killing him.

Patrolman Dykstra, a WWII U.S. Marine Corps veteran, had served with the Sioux City Police Department for 5 years. He is survived by his wife and child.


  • Age 32
  • Tour 5 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire (Inadvertent)

accidental discharge

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Rest in peace Officer Dykstra.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

July 18, 2019

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