Officer George William Mattern

Officer George William Mattern

Des Moines Police Department, Iowa

End of Watch Friday, April 12, 1918

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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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Officer Mattern,
On today, the 100th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Des Moines.


United States Border Patrol

April 12, 2018

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