Correctional Officer Robert Hart

Correctional Officer Robert Hart

Iowa Department of Corrections, Iowa

End of Watch Tuesday, July 9, 1940

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Robert Hart

Correctional Officer Robert Hart was shot and killed by an inmate at the Iowa State Penitentiary in Fort Madison.

The inmate had escaped from the prison three weeks earlier, but came back and shot Officer Hart as he attempted to free a fellow inmate.

The inmate was convicted of first-degree murder and hanged on November 12th, 1941.


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Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Executed in 1941

escape attempt, escapee

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Thank you for your service and please know that your sacrifice will always be remembered. Rest in peace always.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

July 9, 2020

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