Sheriff Gus H. Jorgenson

Sheriff Gus H. Jorgenson

Martin County Sheriff's Department, Minnesota

End of Watch Tuesday, September 8, 1931

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Gus H. Jorgenson

Sheriff Gus Jorgenson was shot and killed after responding to a report of a worker threatening to kill his boss' family.

As Sheriff Jorgenson entered the suspect's shack, he was shot by the man. When other officers received word of the shooting, they responded to the location, where the man was barricaded inside. When the suspect came out shooting randomly, the officers returned fire, killing him.

Sheriff Jorgenson had served as sheriff for 5 years. He was survived by his wife and four children.


  • Age 62
  • Tour 5 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Shot and killed


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My Great-Uncle Gus Jorgenson was killed fifteen years before I was born; I grew up hearing of his life and his death. A number of years ago, a volunteer in the Martin County Historical Society helped me to find the newspaper accounts in the Fairmont Sentinel. It was banner headlines for four days! He has always been a hero to me. God bless his memory--and greetings to my cousins.

Richard Jorgensen

March 25, 2024

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