Special Agent Bernard H. Menker

Special Agent Bernard H. Menker

Terminal Railroad Association of St. Louis Police Department, Railroad Police

End of Watch Friday, February 14, 1930

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Bernard H. Menker

Special Agent Bernard Menker was shot and killed in East St. Louis, Illinois, while attempting to question three men trespassing on railroad property near the approach to the municipal bridge.

One of the men produced a handgun and shot Special Agent Menker. Despite being mortally wounded, he was able to return fire and shot the subject, who then fled on foot. Detective Menker's body was located approximately one our later. Responding officers followed a blood trail in the snow and arrested the wounded man at his home three blocks away.

The man died from his wounds from his wounds several days later, but identified the two men who were with him before dying. Both men were arrested.

Special Agent Menker had served with the Terminal Railroad Police Department for five years.


  • Age 47
  • Tour 5 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Location Illinois
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Shot and killed

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Agent Menker,
On today, the 90th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice as a Law Enforcement Officer.


United States Border Patrol

February 14, 2020

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