Patrolman Nick A. Klaske

Patrolman Nick A. Klaske

Fond du Lac Police Department, Wisconsin

End of Watch Tuesday, October 31, 1961

Add to My Heroes

Nick A. Klaske

Patrolman Nick Klaske was shot and killed after responding to a burglary call at a local gas station. When he arrived he surprised three suspects in the act of robbery and engaged the suspects in a foot pursuit, during which one of the suspects suddenly turned and opened fire with a .25 caliber handgun, striking Patrolman Klaske in the abdomen. Patrolman Klaske succumbed to his wounds two days later.

One suspect, 17, was arrested at the scene by Fon du Lac police. The other two, 24 and 25, were captured near Sun Prairie in Dane County a short time later after a 70 mile high speed chase. The older suspect admitted that he shot Patrolman Klaske. He threw the revolver he used out of the car window just before he was apprehended. He was convicted of his murder and burglary and sentenced to life plus 20 years in prison. On January 15, 1973, he applied for parole. The result is unknown. The other suspects were convicted of third degree murder and several burglaries and sentenced to 35 years in prison.

Patrolman Klaske had served with the agency for 11 years and was survived by his expectant wife and three children.


  • Age 37
  • Tour 11 years
  • Badge 6

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Sunday, October 29, 1961
  • Weapon Handgun; .25 caliber
  • Offender Sentenced to life plus 20 years

Most Recent Reflection

View all 12 Reflections

Patrolman Klaske,
On today, the 60th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Fon Du Lac. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

October 31, 2021

Want even more control of your Reflection? Create a free ODMP account now for these benefits:

  • Quick access to your heroes
  • Reflections published quicker
  • Save a Reflection signature
  • View, edit or delete any Reflection you've left in the past

Create an account for more options, or use this form to leave a Reflection now.