The Iowa Department of Public Safety Peace Officer Memorial Page Remembers . . .
WILLIAM ROSS HANSHAW
On August 1, 1917, Marshal Hanshaw was shot and killed by a suspect who was high on morphine and threatening citizens of the town with a rifle. He went to the man's home and was attempting to reason with him when the man suddenly grabbed the rifle and shot him. Marshal Hanshaw was able to return fire hitting the suspect twice. Several citizens arriving on the scene shot and killed the suspect.