Night Watchman Samuel Hamilton was shot and killed as he confronted a group of men who were creating a disturbance.
The men had just left a club room and were walking south on Main Street and making a great deal of noise. When Night Watchman Hamilton attempted to quiet them, a fight broke out, and one of the men opened fire with a pistol. Night Watchman Hamilton was killed instantly.
The shooter was later arrested and charged with murder. He was convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to 8 years in prison December 26, 1889.
Night Watchman Hamilton was 27-years old, and had served with the Le Mars Police for a year and 3 months. He was survived by his wife.
Le Mars Police Department
End of Watch: Nov. 24, 1888