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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So glad we found this website of my great grandfather years ago. It was humbling lwhen my husband and I went to the Jefferson Cuty Missouri Memorial for fallen officers. 127 years ago tomorrow Clark's life was taken, but his descendants know of his bravery and will make sure future generations never forget him or his family.
Kathleen Kachulis
Great Granddaughter
October 16, 2016

Kathleen Kachulis

October 17, 2016

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