Died March 24, 1937 from an accidental gunshot wound. As he began his shift, he intended to drive police matron Stella Geise to her residence. He reached into the back seat to move a double barrel shotgun. One of the hammers on the weapon apparently caught on the seat and the shotgun discharged, wounding the matron. Surprised, Officer Von Holten dropped the weapon which discharged again when it struck the floorboard. The second blast killed Officer Von Holten.