Patrolman James C. Jantz

Patrolman James C. Jantz

Sauk County Sheriff's Department, Wisconsin

End of Watch Monday, August 21, 1961

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James C. Jantz

Patrolman Jantz was shot and killed when he and his partner stopped three armed men in the Lake Delton area. The three men were wanted in Chicago for several murders and for shooting at police officers.

The suspects were all found guilty of Patrolman Jantz's murder. They were sent to prison and eventually paroled.

Patrolman Jantz had served with the Sauk County Sheriff's Department for 3 years. He was survived by his wife and two sons.


  • Age 25
  • Tour 3 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Paroled

felony stop

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I was only 7 years old in the summer of 1961 when James Jantz died protecting the Sauk Co. community. The events leading up to his death are as vivid today as they were at the time. The names of the 3 men they were trying to capture are embedded in my mind, along with Patrolman Jantz's. We lived in fear for a few days until they were taken into custody. They were captured only a few miles from where we lived. We weren't allow to play outside, kept our doors locked and worried when my dad was alone in the barn milking cows, that they would show up or that they may be hiding in the haymow. James Jantz sacrificed his life protecting us. He will never be forgotten.

Susan Koenecke Abel

January 7, 2022

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