Deputy Sheriff Walter William Kruegel

Deputy Sheriff Walter William Kruegel

Fillmore County Sheriff's Department, Minnesota

End of Watch Wednesday, November 10, 1954

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Walter William Kruegel

Deputy Sheriff Walter Kruegel succumbed to gunshot wounds sustained nine days earlier while transporting a prisoner.

The prisoner produced a concealed .22 caliber handgun and shot Deputy Kruegel twice. Deputy Kruegel was able to struggle with the man and gain control of the gun but the man fled. The suspect was eventually apprehended and charged with murder after Deputy Kruegel died.

On March 12, 1955, the suspect, 35, pleaded guilty to third degree murder and was sentenced to 7 to 30 years.

Deputy Kruegel had served with the Fillmore County Sheriff's Office for four years.


  • Age 59
  • Tour 4 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Monday, November 1, 1954
  • Weapon Handgun; .22 caliber
  • Offender Sentenced to 30 years

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 57th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

November 11, 2011

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