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Elmer A. Swanson

Big Lake, Sherburne County, Minnesota, USA
Death 6 Jul 1932 (aged 30–31)
District of Columbia, District Of Columbia, USA
Burial Suitland, Prince George's County, Maryland, USA
Memorial ID 13960729 · View Source
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Office Elmer J. Swanson was a member of the Metropolitan Police Department in Washington, DC.

Date of Death: July 6, 1932
Rank: Officer
Years of Service: 11 months
Marital Status: Married
Location of Death: 506 First Street, SE

Circumstance: Officer Swanson of the Ninth Precinct was on perimeter guard for a barricade situation at 506 First Street, SE. Tear gas was fired into the house and the suspect, Mr. Nicholas A. Long, a 64 year old carpenter, came running out of the house, firing a rifle wildly. A bullet struck Officer Swanson in the forehead, causing his death.The suspect was wounded and captured. He stated, "I just did it for some fun!"

Officer Swanson was pronounced dead at Providence Hospital in Washington, DC. He was survived by his wife, Ida A. Swanson, and four children of the home located at 4118 Beck Street SE, Washington, DC. The funeral services were held at William H. Sardo and Sons, 412 H Street NE, on Friday, July 8, 1932, at 2 PM. Interment was at Cedar Hill Cemetery.

Mr. Long had only been in Washington two months having arrived from National, Maryland, a town near Frostburg.

Mr. Long was indicted for First Degree Murder and later judged to be insane.

Elmer A Swanson
United States Census, 1930

Name: Elmer A Swanson
Event Type: Census
Event Year: 1930
Event Place: Pontiac, Oakland, Michigan, United States
Gender: Male
Age: 28
Marital Status: Married
Race: White
Race (Original): White
Relationship to Head of Household: Head
Relationship to Head of Household (Original): Head
Birth Year (Estimated): 1902
Birthplace: Minnesota
Father's Birthplace: Sweden
Mother's Birthplace: Sweden
Household Role Gender Age Birthplace
Elmer A Swanson Head M 28 Minnesota
Ida A Swanson Wife F 28 Minnesota
Delores L Swanson Daughter F 3 Minnesota
Eugene D Swanson Son M 1 Michigan
Phyllis M Swanson Daughter F 0 Michigan
District: 0082 , Sheet Number and Letter: 6A , Household ID: 118 , Line Number: 10 , Affiliate Name: The U.S. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) , Affiliate Publication Number: T626 , Affiliate Film Number: 1018 , GS Film number: 2340753 , Digital Folder Number: 004609258 , Image Number: 00350
Citing this Record

"United States Census, 1930," Database with images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 20 June 2015), Elmer A Swanson, Pontiac, Oakland, Michigan, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 0082, sheet 6A, family 118, line 10, NARA microfilm publication T626 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2002), roll 1018; FHL microfilm 2,340,753.

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  • Created by: John Rentz
  • Added: 15 Apr 2006
  • Find A Grave Memorial 13960729
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Elmer A. Swanson (1901–6 Jul 1932), Find A Grave Memorial no. 13960729, citing Cedar Hill Cemetery, Suitland, Prince George's County, Maryland, USA ; Maintained by John Rentz (contributor 46781289) .