Thursday, August 13, 2015

On this Date in Minnesota History: August 13

August 13, 1921 – Leo Gurshman mistook St. Paul detectives for bandits early today, and is dying with a bullet wound near his heart. Gurshman telephone police that his soft-drink parlor had been robbed, causing detectives Joe Black and William Gaston, both [African American], and Oscar Peterson, white, to run to the scene. Gurshman saw them coming and apparently thought they were more bandits. He attempted to fire when Gaston shot first. Gaston said he shot to save himself.

The Bemidji Daily Pioneer; “Victim of Robbery Mistakes Detectives for Bandits”; August 13, 1921; p. 1.

Photo taken by Pamela J. Erickson. Released into the public domain 8-13-2015,
as long as acknowledgement included.


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