Tuesday, February 14, 2017

ON This Date in Minnesota History: February 14

February 14, 1985 – Robbinsdale Police Officer John Thomas Scanlon was shot and killed after he and another officer cleared the scene of a burglary call.

After clearing the scene, the second officer left, but Officer Scanlon remained in his patrol car doing paperwork. Although they did not locate a suspect on their initial search, the man returned to the scene, approached Officer Scanlon's vehicle and opened fire from the driver's side.

Officer John Thomas Scanlon


The suspect was later convicted of Officer Scanlon's murder and sentenced to life. He was denied parole in April 2012. He has another parole hearing in April 2017.

Officer Scanlon had served with the Robbinsdale Police Department for 11 years. He was survived by his wife and adopted son.

Photo taken by Pamela J. Erickson. Released into the public domain Dec. 2, 2016,
as long as acknowledgement included.


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