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

Black Hawk County Sheriff's Office


Deputy Wendell Fay Dilworth

Deputy Dilworth was shot and killed Friday, December 16, 1932, while attempting to apprehend a man wanted for rape. When he and another deputy entered a house to arrest the man the suspect and a second man confronted them with pistols. Deputy Dilworth was shot in the head when he attempted to disarm one of the suspects. The second deputy was shot in the back twice and wounded. The suspect was apprehended and hanged for Deputy Dilworth's murder.

Deputy Dilworth was 39 years old and was survived by his wife and daughter.

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