Jailer Harry Davis was shot and killed by a man who opened fire on the county jail’s lobby using a high powered rifle at approximately 1:15 am.
Jailer Davis was sitting in the lobby when the man entered and opened fire from outside of the building in Marshalltown, firing a rifle and a revolver through the front windows. The subject was captured later in the day and charged with first-degree murder.
It is believed he mistook Jailor Davis for the county sheriff, whom he held a grudge against.
Jailer Davis had served with the Marshall County Sheriff’s Office as a part-time jailer for only two weeks. He was survived by his wife and three children.
Marshall County Sheriff's Office
End of Watch: Sep. 9, 1978