Officers John Schultz and Fred Peitsch were shot and killed while questioning a possible bootlegging suspect.

The man shot the officers several times and then as they laid on the ground, they were shot once more in the head. The suspect then fled in their patrol car.

Three suspects were apprehended two days later in Menomonie, Wisconsin, and charged with the officer’s murders and several robberies. They were each sentenced to 240 years on the robbery charges but the murder charges were dismissed due to insufficient evidence.

In September of 1927, a gangster arrested for murdering a fellow gangster in St. Paul, stated that the dead man had murdered two police officers and several others. An investigation revealed that he was the murderer of Officers Peitsch and Schultz as well as eight others.

Officer Schultz was survived by his wife.