Cape Girardeau PD remembers officer killed in line of duty 98 years ago

Cape Girardeau PD remembers officer killed in line of duty 98 years ago

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - The Cape Girardeau Police Department remembered the first of their officers killed in the line of duty.

On Tuesday, Oct. 27, the police department posted about Patrolman Albert Demortiers, killed nearly 100 years ago to the day.

They say Demortiers was shot at around 11 p.m. on Broadway at the corner of Middle Street. He was the first officer the department lost in the line of duty since the establishment of the Cape Girardeau Police Department, by ordinance, in 1859.

According to eye witnesses at the time, Demortiers was shot twice with a .32 caliber revolver after he encountered an intoxicated man at a local saloon.

The incident was described as "a plain case of cold-blooded murder," the police department posted.

Police say the suspect was arrested at his home at the corner of Themis and Ellis. He later died in the penitentiary after serving seven years of an 18-year sentence.

Patrolman Demortiers' funeral was held at St. Vincent's Church and he was buried in Fairmont Cemetery.

You can read the full story on the police department's Facebook page by clicking here.

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