Marshal Frank Dahlin

Marshal Frank Dahlin

Isanti Police Department, Minnesota

End of Watch Thursday, December 23, 1926

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Frank Dahlin

Marshal Frank Dahlin was shot and killed when he interrupted a burglary at a potato warehouse.

He was shot twice during an exchange of gunfire with the suspects. He succumbed to his wounds two days later. One of the suspects was also shot and wounded.

Two men were arrested four months later and charged with Marshal Dahlin's murder. Both were wanted for several robberies in neighboring counties and the murder of a cashier during a bank robbery in Weelock, North Dakota, that occurred on November 12th, 1926. On May 14th, 1927, both were convicted of Marshal Dahlin's murder and sentenced to life in prison. One was paroled on January 24th, 1949, after being diagnosed with severe heart problems. The other suspect was transferred to St. Peter Insane Asylum where on June 8, 1936, he escaped with 15 other inmates. The 15 other inmates were either killed or recaptured including the leader of the escapees who was a member of the "Barker Karpis Gang", who was shot and killed. On February 2, 1937, Marshal Dahlin"s killer was one of eight men killed in a train accident in San Bernardino, California.

Marshal Dahlin had served with the Isanti Police Department for one year. He was survived by his wife and stepson.


  • Age 49
  • Tour 1 year
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Tuesday, December 21, 1926
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to life


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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 85th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered.

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

December 23, 2011

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