Deputy Sheriff Jack Werner was shot and killed when he attempted to stop a suspect who was driving wildly in a deserted mall parking lot.

The subject opened fire on Deputy Werner with a shotgun, striking him in the chest. The man then fled in Deputy Werner’s patrol car but was apprehended four hours later.

The man was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to life in prison on September 21st, 1977.

Deputy Werner had served with the Olmsted County Sheriff’s Office for five years. He was survived by his wife and two daughters.