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

Jefferson Police Department


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Marshal John Swearingen was shot and killed on Saturday, June 21, 1902, while attempting to serve an arrest warrant on a man for assault. When the man initially refused to surrender his friends attempted to talk him out of his home. After waiting a day Marshal Swearingen tried to arrest him again and was shot in the neck. A posse shot and killed the suspect in his home.

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