Officer George William Mattern

Officer George William Mattern

Des Moines Police Department, Iowa

End of Watch Friday, April 12, 1918

George William Mattern

Officer Geoge Mattern was shot while investigating gun shots he heard while walking his regular beat.

As he headed towards the sound of the shots he met the suspect who shot him in the abdomen. He was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries eight months later.

The suspect was fleeing from another officer after robbing a bar. He escaped capture and was never caught.


  • Age 28
  • Tour 1 year, 11 months
  • Badge 54

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Friday, August 17, 1917
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Never apprehended

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DMPD's George Mattern died in 1918, a result of being shot by a would-be robber near Walnut and 2nd.

Mattern's unsolved murder has inspired me to dig into his case, with the goal of learning as much as possible about his life and death. I have uncovered a considerable amount of facts, leading me to an opinion as to his killer's identity.

Time does not diminish the loss to his family and Des Moines.

Anthony Garza
Des Moines, IA

December 26, 2014

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