Nels C. Anderson

Appointed Apr 4, 1904
Died May 31, 1916

Saturday night, May 27, 1916, Alick Angle, a miller, arrived home at 11
p.m. heavily intoxicated. He started a quarrel with his wife and began
to abuse her as soon as he entered the house. Angle was 45 years old;
his wife 36. Neighbors said there had been frequent quarrels, but none
of a serious nature until this night. It was said that Angle had been
drinking heavily of late and was jealous of his wife, the mother of
three children, although neighbors said there was no reason for his

While his 20 year old son argued with
his father, Mrs. Angle took refuge in the drugstore at 2401 Franklin
Avenue South. A 13 year old son said his father fired three shots at
him after Mrs. Angle left the house. The boy ran into the garden and
escaped. According to the children, Angle had threatened to kill the
entire family.

Brushing his older son aside, Angle
pursued his wife to the drugstore, and as she faced him in the doorway
he fired three shots at her. Mrs. Angle had just opened the door to
enter the store when the first bullet struck her. She staggered and was
about to fall when two more shots were fired, one striking her in the
head, the other in the body. All took effect and Mrs. Angle dropped on
the threshold, dying instantly.

The druggist, in the
hope of stopping a crazed man, threw three heavy bottles at him. One
struck Angle in the face and he fled. Hurrying back to his house at
2005 Twenty-fourth Avenue South, Angle began to barricade himself
inside. The children had taken refuge with the neighbors.

druggist had already notified the police, and Nels C. Anderson, a
motorcycle patrolman at the Minnehaha station was sent to the scene.
When he reached the house he ordered the man to surrender. Instead of
answering, Angle slammed the door in the officer’s face, but Anderson
forced it open and again gave Angle a chance to give himself up. The
only answer was a shower of bullets.

Not until then did
Patrolman Anderson use his revolver. He fired three shots, but was
dropped where he stood, wounded twice. One shot took effect in
Anderson’s neck and the other penetrated the liver. Anderson managed to
crawl out of the house and was hurried to the city hospital in the
police ambulance, which had arrived in answer to another call by the

After Patrolman Anderson fell, Angle then
retreated into the next room, piled the furniture against the door,
barricading himself in the house and dared anyone to enter.

detectives, in the charge of Chief of Police Oscar Martinson,
immediately surrounded the house. Before they could break in, they
heard two shots in quick succession. When the chief kicked in the door
he found Angle lying on the floor with two bullet holes in his body.
One bullet had penetrated the heart and he died instantly.

Anderson remained in extremely serious condition for four days, and he
finally succumbed to his mortal wounds on May 31, 1916 at city
hospital. He was 50 years old, married and the father of a family. He
lived at 3512 19th Avenue South. Interment was in Lakewood Cemetery on
June 3, 1916.

The horse, drawing an ice wagon, was left
unattended by the driver. The runaway occurred at Twenty-fourth Avenue
and Fillmore Street NE. When Patrolman ANDERSON attempted to stop the
horse he was knocked down and the horse stepped on him, puncturing the

Patrolman ANDERSON lived at 1922 Fillmore Street NE. He
was a widower. Interment was at Hillside Cemetery on February 4, 1928.