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Oct. 03, 1937
Caucasian Male / 54 yrs. of age
Boone County Sheriff's Dept. NE
Homicide - Gun
Bio: Not Available
Fatal Incident Summary
Sun. Oct. 03, 1937
Constable William Wathen and Sheriff Lawrence Smoyer were shot and killed while investigating a farmer's report of two suspicious men hiding behind haystacks in his meadow, 23 miles northwest of Albion.
The two suspects opened fire when the officers approached them. Sheriff Smoyer died at the scene and Constable Wathen succumbed to his wounds five months later. The suspects were never identified.
In 1965 a monument was erected as a tribute to both officers on the spot where they were killed.
Constable Wathen was survived by his wife and two daughters.