Night Watchman Robert D. Heller

Night Watchman Robert D. Heller

Avoca Police Department, Iowa

End of Watch Sunday, June 20, 1886

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Robert D. Heller

Night Watchman Robert Heller was shot and killed by a man he intended to arrest for wife beating. The suspect opened fire with a shotgun from inside his home as Watchman Heller walked up to his front door. The suspect then shot and killed himself.

Watchman Heller was a Civil War veteran, having served with the 9th Iowa Calvary.


  • Age 41
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender Committed suicide

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