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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Recently, border guard Robert Tuttle from Minn. called me (spring of 2016) to ask if he could travel to Norfolk, Ne to meet & visit with my father Theodore S. Doten, son of Laurence E. Doten. As of Apr. 14, 2016, Mr. Tuttle has made two visits to the Norfolk Veterans Home. My father was a Radio Tech.on an escort carrier in the Pacific in WWII. With the help of my 1st cousin Judy Wilson from Oregon, we have been able to learn more facts about our grandparents. Judy's mother Delores Nehring was my fathers only sibling.

Roland B. Doten
Grandson of Laurence & Clara Doten

April 19, 2016

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