Patrolman William Russell Mehlhorn, Jr.

Patrolman William Russell Mehlhorn, Jr.

Waterloo Police Department, Iowa

End of Watch Saturday, January 14, 1956

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William Russell Mehlhorn, Jr.

Patrolman William Mehlhorn was shot and killed with his own weapon, a .357-caliber Colt revolver while attempting to arrest a burglary suspect.

The suspect was shot and wounded by another officer. The suspect's wound caused him to be paralyzed until his death six years later.

Patrolman Mehlhorn was survived by his wife and four children.


  • Age 32
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Shot and killed

arrest attempt

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Officer Mehlhorn was my Grandpa, who I never got to meet. He was murdered when my Mom, Diana, who is the oldest of is four children daughter, was just 11 when he was killed.
He is buried in Waterloo Memorial Park cemetery, next to my Grandma, Florence Mehlhorn. RIP

Kimberly K Martin

September 20, 2023

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