Deputy Sheriff Wendell Fay Dilworth

Deputy Sheriff Wendell Fay Dilworth

Black Hawk County Sheriff's Office, Iowa

End of Watch Friday, December 16, 1932

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Wendell Fay Dilworth

Deputy Dilworth was shot and killed while attempting to apprehend a man wanted for rape. When he and another deputy entered a house to arrest the man the suspect and a second man confronted them with pistols. Deputy Dilworth was shot in the head when he attempted to disarm one of the suspects. The second deputy was shot in the back twice and wounded. The suspect was apprehended and hanged for Deputy Dilworth's murder.
Deputy Dilworth was survived by his wife and daughter.


  • Age 39
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Executed

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Deputy Sheriff Dilworth,
On today, the 90th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just as a Law Enforcement Officer but for our Country as well when you served during World War I. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

December 16, 2022

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