Officer Michael Farnsworth was shot and killed while attempting to apprehend a suspect connected to the armed robbery of a Chicago police officers’ motel room. The suspect was convicted of second-degree murder but released after only 16 years. The suspect then went on to become a guest lecturer at DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois. When citizens found out about this atrocity the program he was lecturing for was suspended.
Officer Farnsworth had served with the agency for less than one year. He was survived by his wife and newborn baby.
Davenport Police Department
End of Watch: Dec. 5, 1971