END OF WATCH: November 6, 1899

Special Policeman Judson Randall was serving as a police officer for several weeks watching houses quarantined for smallpox. On November 6, 1899, Policeman Randall went with other officers and a doctor from the Board of Health to a house on South Newton Street to remove a male party from the residence to the city hospital, based on an order from the Board.  Upon forcing entry into the residence, the parents of the male resident began resisting officers and a physical altercation took place. During the altercation, the father of the ill male struck Policeman Randall on the head with a blunt object.

Policeman Randall was taken to the doctor for stitches and bandages then sent home. He went into a coma later in the evening and died the following day. The autopsy determined the cause of death to be bleeding in the brain as a result of the assault. The father who struck Policeman Randall was tried and acquitted of second-degree murder.

Policeman Randall had served with the Albert Lea Police Department for several weeks. He was survived by his wife and daughter.