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The Iowa Department of Public Safety Peace Officer Memorial Page Remembers . . .

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Marshal Butcher was shot and killed on August 16, 1911, while searching two suspects. One of the men suddenly pulled out a handgun and shot Marshal Butcher twice. Although wounded, Marshal Butcher was able to return fire until he was shot a third time and killed. It was later discovered that both suspects were brothers who had escaped from the Anamosa Prison. Both suspects drowned when they attempted to swim the Missouri River near Omaha, Nebraska, in an attempt to escape a pursuing posse.

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Created: 01-15-2009
Last Updated: 02-05-2010 (JLR)