Sergeant Harry Linn Booton

Sergeant Harry Linn Booton

Des Moines Police Department, Iowa

End of Watch Sunday, December 11, 1932

Harry Linn Booton

Sergeant Booton was shot and killed after he and another officer stopped two suspicious men parked in front of a laundromat. The suspects were planning on robbing the laundromat and opened fire on the officers when they approached, striking Sergeant Booton in the chest.

The suspects were apprehended and brought to the hospital where Sergeant Booton identified the shooter before succumbing to his injuries.

Both suspects were convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to life in prison. One had his sentence commuted to 90 years by the governor and was paroled in 1962. He was returned to prison four months later for violating his parole. He was paroled again September 8, 1966. The other suspect died in prison May 9, 1950.

Sergeant Booton had been with the agency for five years.

Bio

  • Age 42
  • Tour 5 years
  • Badge 56

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Released after 30 years

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Rest In Peace cousin Lynn. I have been to your grave several times to pay my respects to you.
I also served in law enforcement as a former Polk County Deputy Sheriff and a Chariton Iowa Police officer. Your son and I became very close relation.

Lee D. Booton Deputy & Patrolman
Polk County Sheriff Dept. Chariton Iowa Police Dept. and Cousin

April 12, 2018

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