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Davenport Police Department


Detective Sergeant William Hans Jurgens

Detective Sergeant Jurgens was shot and killed Wednesday, July 16, 1958, while assisting another officer arrest a suspect in a kidnapping case. As Sergeant Jurgens pulled up to the scene of the arrest, the man was able to gain control of the other officer's weapon and began shooting. Sergeant Jurgens was struck in the head and the other officer was wounded. The suspect was apprehended by other officers arriving on the scene. A woman, who the suspect had abducted at knifepoint from a nightclub, escaped unharmed during the shooting.

The suspect was convicted of first degree murder and attempted murder and sentenced to life plus 30 years in prison on October 8, 1958.

Sergeant Jurgens was 46 years old.

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