Police Officer Michael Lee Farnsworth

Police Officer Michael Lee Farnsworth

Davenport Police Department, Iowa

End of Watch Sunday, December 5, 1971

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Michael Lee Farnsworth

Officer Michael Farnsworth was shot and killed while attempting to apprehend a suspect connected to the armed robbery of a Chicago police officer's motel room.

The suspect was convicted of second-degree murder but released after only 16 years. The suspect then went on to become a guest lecturer at DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois. When citizens found out about this atrocity, the program he was lecturing for was suspended.

Officer Farnsworth had served with the Davenport Police Department for less than one year. He was survived by his wife and newborn baby.


  • Age 29
  • Tour 1 year
  • Badge 0419

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Released after 16 years

arrest attempt, robbery

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I was working the night Mike was killed. We were hired together and Mike was in my Academy class. A night I will never forget.
RIP Mike.

Mike Thompson

December 6, 2022

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