Night Watchman Robert Heller was shot and killed by a man he intended to arrest for wife beating. The suspect opened fire with a shotgun from inside his home as Watchman Heller walked up to his front door. The suspect then shot and killed himself.
Watchman Heller was a Civil War veteran, having served with the 9th Iowa Calvary.
Avoca Police Department
End of Watch: Jun. 20, 1886