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

Decatur County Sheriff's Office


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Deputy McConnell was shot on Thursday, July 7, 1927, while attempting to arrest two bootleggers. Both suspects escaped. Deputy McConnell succumbed to the gunshot wounds on Friday, July 8, 1927.

In 1931 police discovered that one of the suspects had died in a Los Angeles, California, hospital of a stroke a few days before the discovery. The other suspect was captured in Albany, Missouri, June 25, 1941. He convinced the jury that his dead accomplice killed Deputy McConnell and was acquitted.

Deputy McConnell was 50 years old.

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