Marshal John Zoller

Marshal John Zoller

Gervais Police Department, Oregon

End of Watch Thursday, December 25, 1913

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John Zoller

Marshal John Zoller succumbed to gunshot wounds sustained on December 4th, 1913, when he confronted two burglars.

He was on foot patrol in the city's business district when he encountered the two men coming out of the back of a business.

The two men immediately opened fire on him, causing a serious wound. Despite the wound, he was able to return fire and shot one of the suspects twice. The wound Marshal Zoller suffered caused him to be paralyzed. He was taken to St. Vincent's Hospital, in Portland, where he remained until succumbing to his wounds.

The suspect who shot Marshal Zoller turned himself in at the Salem Police Department the following day. Four months later he was convicted of murder and sentenced to life.

Marshal Zoller was survived by his wife and 12 children.


  • Age 49
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Thursday, December 4, 1913
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to life


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Marshal Zoller,
On today, the 110th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Gervais.


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December 25, 2023

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