Patrolman Lee S. Fahler

Patrolman Lee S. Fahler

Minot Police Department, North Dakota

End of Watch Friday, January 21, 1921

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Lee S. Fahler

Patrolman Lee Fahler was shot and killed while attempting to arrest a suspicious person.

The man attempted to bribe Patrolman Fahler as he was being questioned. At that point Patrolman Fahler put the man under arrest and the two started to walk towards the suspect's car. The suspect produced a handgun and opened fire on the officer. The suspect was shot and killed in return gunfire.

During the ensuing investigation over 20 cases of whiskey were found inside the vehicle the man had been driving. He was in the process of smuggling the whiskey from Canada to Chishoim, Minnesota. The man was placed under arrest and charged in connection with Patrolman Fahler's murder and smuggling.

Patrolman Fahler had served with the Minot Police Department for only 2 months. He was survived by his wife and 8-year-old son.


  • Age 28
  • Tour 2 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Thursday, January 20, 1921
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Shot and killed

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Patrolman Fahler,
On today, the 100th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Minot. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

January 21, 2021

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