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

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On November 14, 1919, Deputy William A. Maxwell and his father, Hugh Maxwell, who was the Sheriff, had entered the jail to feed the prisoners when one opened fire with a smuggled pistol.  Deputy Maxwell was struck once in the head and once in the side as he fell to the floor. Two days later, on November 16, 1919, Deputy Maxwell died of his injuries. His father, Sheriff Maxwell, was seriously wounded. All five escaped prisoners were captured in Maurice, Iowa, two days later.

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