Officer Patrick Devaney

Officer Patrick Devaney

Minot Police Department, North Dakota

End of Watch Friday, April 26, 1918

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Patrick Devaney

Officer Patrick Devaney was shot when he and Special Agent Kersey Gowin, of the North Dakota Attorney General's Office, were attempting to arrest two or more thieves. The officers were laying in wait in a field for the automobile tire thieves when they were shot.

Officer Devaney was killed instantly. Agent Gowin was taken to a nearby hospital where he succumbed to his wounds early the next morning.

Five men were arrested, however, one confessed and was convicted. He served two years in prison before escaping and was considered at large.

Officer Devaney had served with the Minot Police Department for only three months. He was survived by his wife and five children.


  • Age 47
  • Tour 3 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Convicted of murder

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Officer Patrick Devaney, on this 100th anniversary of your ultimate sacrifice, you are recognized for your service. Thank you sir, for standing in the Thin Blue Line.

Stan Jefferson
Citizen of Arizona

April 29, 2018

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