The prisoner had been arrested for fighting at a boarding house on First Street. As the two walked towards the jail, one of the prisoner's friends shot Marshal Kokko four times. Despite being mortally wounded, Marshal Kokko was able to return fire and wounded the shooter. The marshal was taken to Hibbing Hospital where he died the following day.
The suspect was convicted of murder and sentenced to life.
Marshal Kokko had served with the Nashwauk Police Department for seven years. He was survived by his wife.
Marshal August Kokko
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