Immigration Inspector Laurence E. Doten

Immigration Inspector Laurence E. Doten

United States Department of Justice - Immigration and Naturalization Service, U.S. Government

End of Watch Sunday, August 24, 1930

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Laurence E. Doten

Immigration Inspector Laurence Doten and Immigration Inspector Lawrence Jones were shot and killed on a Duluth, Winnipeg and Pacific Railroad train near Emo, Ontario, Canada, while checking the train's passengers who were heading into the United States.

The suspect thought that the two inspectors were going to arrest him and opened fire on them without warning. Both inspectors were killed instantly.

The suspect fled to Fort Frances, Ontario, where he was shot and fatally wounded by a posse twelve hours later.

Inspector Doten was a U.S. Army veteran of WWI. He was survived by his wife and two children.


  • Age 34
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

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

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My name is Roland Doten, grandson of Laurence Doten. My father (probably 4-5 years old) is pictured with his parents. He was 5 & 1/2 when his father was murdered along with fellow inspector Lawrence Jones. Not pictured is my father's only sibling, sister Delores who was approximately 6 months old at the time of the shooting. My grandmother would lose her battle with TB in CannonFalls, MN the following spring.
My wife, a sister & her husband, and 2 1st cousins from Oregon would attend the ceremony in Oct. 2017 in Warroad, MN.
My wife & I live in Norfolk, Ne. where my father lived @ the Norfolk Veteran's Home until he passed away 4& 1/2 years ago.

U.S. Navy Seabees Veteran Roland Doten
Grandson of Laurence Doten

January 29, 2022

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