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

Pella Police Department

PATROLMAN
JOHN ERNEST VAN HAAFTEN

Patrolman John Ernest Van Haaften

Patrolman Van Haaften was shot and killed Wednesday, April 9, 1980, while assigned to the Knoxville, Iowa, Police Department as an undercover narcotics officer. Patrolman Van Haaften was assisting other officers with a drug raid when he was shot in the chest with a .410 gauge shotgun.

Patrolman Van Haaften was 25 years old.

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