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

Fairfield Police Department


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Reserve Officer Sutherlin was shot and killed Monday, July 27, 1970, after locating a fugitive who was the focus of a police manhunt.

Reserve Officer Sutherlin and several other officers went to the aid of a state trooper who had a suspected car thief trapped in a corn field. Officer Sutherlin had radioed for help saying the suspect was holding a gun on him. Minutes later when the suspect was captured he told the other officers where Officer Sutherlin's body could be found. He had been shot through the head.

Officer Sutherlin was 48 years old.

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