Patrolman Clark Minor Irven

Patrolman Clark Minor Irven

Canton Police Department, Missouri

End of Watch Friday, October 18, 1889

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Clark Minor Irven

Patrolman Clark Irven was beaten to death by a man he had arrested and was escorting to jail.

Patrolman Irven was investigating a domestic disturbance involving the suspect and his wife when he placed the suspect under arrest when he refused to quite down. Just outside of the jail the suspect began resisting the officer, grabbed a sandbag and struck Patrolman Irven twice. The blows produced a concussion of the brain and lungs from which the officer died an hour later.

The suspect was convicted of Patrolman Irven's murder and sentenced to 99 years in prison. He was pardoned by Governor Dockery in 1903.

Patrolman Irven was survived by his wife, mother, and seven children.


  • Age 55
  • Tour 5 years, 1 month
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Assault
  • Weapon Blunt object
  • Offender Pardoned in 1903

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Patrolman Irven,
On today, the 130th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Canton. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

October 18, 2019

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