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

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I was a high school student when Officer Melhorn was murdered.
Many years later I became an Officer, 1973. I am now retired and during officer Memorial week, unable to gather for the memorial of our fallen Officer’s we decided to place flowers on their graves. Does anyone know where Officer Melhorn was buried...Waterloo P.D. has no record of the location.

Retired Police Officer Barbara Coffin
Waterloo Iowa P.D.

May 13, 2020

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