Stories of the Fallen

Motor Officer Earl A. Skinner

Motor Officer Earl A. Skinner

THE DEATH OF OFFICER EARL A. SKINNER WASHINGTON POST ARTICLE DATED JUNE 8, 1926, PAGE 1 TWO POLICEMEN HURT IN ANSWERING ALARM. MOTORCYCLE SIDESWIPES CURB IN DRIVER'S EFFORT TO AVOID COLLISION. WIND CAUSES DAMAGE. Two policemen were injured late yesterday afternoon,...

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The Story of Officer Raymond C. Leisinger

The Story of Officer Raymond C. Leisinger

  Researched by  retired Det. Sergeant Dave Richardson THE SHOOTING DEATH OF ROOKIE OFFICER RAYMOND C. LEISINGER ON AUGUST 28, 1924, AND THE RESULTING PLIGHT OF HIS BLIND WIDOW AND THEIR TWO CHILDREN WASHINGTON POST ARTICLE DATED AUGUST 29, 1924, PAGE 2 WIDE...

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The Death of Edmund P. Keleher

The Death of Edmund P. Keleher

THE DEATH OF OFFICER EDMUND P. KELEHER ON JANUARY 10, 1922. WASHINGTON POST ARTICLE DATED JANUARY 10, 1922, PAGE 2 AUTO ENDS CAREER OF POLICE VETERAN Edmund P. Keleher Dies on Way to Hospital, Following Accident. MEMBER OF FORCE 30 YEARS Was on His Way Home When...

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Third Precinct Officer George D. Chinn  Shot Killed

Third Precinct Officer George D. Chinn Shot Killed

ON OCTOBER 17, 1921, OFFICER GEORGE D. CHINN WAS SHOT IN THE ABDOMEN, AND THEN SEVERELY BEATEN AS HE LAY HELPLESS ON THE GROUND. HE DIED THREE DAYS LATER. WASHINGTON POST ARTICLE DATED OCTOBER 17, 1921, PAGE 1 OFFICER SHOT, DYING Policeman Chinn Hit in Battle With...

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Death of Officer Samuel C. Hayden

Death of Officer Samuel C. Hayden

THE SHOOTING DEATH OF OFFICER SAMUEL C. HAYDEN ON FEBRUARY 27, 1921. WASHINGTON POST ARTICLE DATED FEBRUARY 28, 1921, PAGE 1 2 DEAD IN GUN FIGHT Policeman Hayden Slain Trying to Capture Madman CRAZED SHOOTING INJURES 2 T.L. Harriss, Killed, Recently Patient at St....

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Details of Officer Preston Bradley’s Death

  The below listed details were gathered by Retired MPD Detective Sergeant Dave Richardson and is part of an entire series of stories we have been republishing here.  Dave has done some great work over the years, which you will see as his parenthetical notes...

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Officer Oscar McKimmie of the Second Precinct

Officer Oscar McKimmie of the Second Precinct

THE 1920 SHOOTING DEATH OF OFFICER OSCAR A. MCKIMMIE. WASHINGTON POST ARTICLE DATED JANUARY 18, 1920, PAGE 1 SLAIN BY A BURGLAR Policeman McKimmie is Fifth of Force to Die in 20 Months SHOT ANSWERING SCREAMS One of Three Bullets Strikes Him Over Heart and He Crumples...

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The Death of Officer Lester Kidwell

THE DEATH OF OFFICER LESTER M. KIDWELL WASHINGTON POST ARTICLE DATED JULY 11, 1918, PAGE 2. GASH ON NECK KILLS POLICEMAN Lester M. Kidwell Fell Through a Skylight to Death. Policeman Lester M. Kidwell, of the Third precinct, well known as the automobile driver for the...

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Railroad Crossing Officer Eugene Smith

Railroad Crossing Officer Eugene Smith

The Metropolitan Police Department trained and supervised a group of sworn officers who were assigned to manage the dangerous railway and streetcar crossings.  Their uniform was similar to that of MPD but they were subsidized by the railroads to staff the many...

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Death of Bicycle Patrolman Willie R. Gawen

WASHINGTON POST ARTICLE DATED MARCH 3, 1915, PAGE 3 GAWEN DEATH PUZZLES Report Says Bicycle Patrolman Who Fell Was Assaulted. POLICE MAKE INVESTIGATION Fail, However, to Find Any Evidence to Substantiate Rumor—Coroner Nevitt to Hold Inquest This Morning—Physicians...

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The Death of Railway Crossing Policeman Eugene C. Smith

The Death of Railway Crossing Policeman Eugene C. Smith

THE DEATH OF OFFICER EUGENE C. SMITH PARTIAL WASHINGTON POST ARTICLE DATED JANUARY 2, 1910, PAGE 16 SMITH’S FALL IS FATAL CROSSING POLICEMAN DIES OF A FRACTURED SKULL OTHERS HURT ON ICY WALKS.       One death and a score or more injuries have resulted...

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The Death of Mounted Officer William E. Yetton

The Death of Mounted Officer William E. Yetton

THE DEATH OF OFFICER WILLIAM E. YETTON ON NOVEMBER 9, 1908. ALSO INCLUDED IS AN INCIDENT HE WAS INVOLVED IN DURING HIS EARLY CAREER. WASHINGTON POST ARTICLE DATED JULY 16, 1897,  PAGE 2 Prisoner’s Bite Proves Serious During a fight in Glick’s alley, July 5, Policeman...

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The Death of Officer John J. Smith

The Death of Officer John J. Smith

THE STRANGE CIRCUMSTANCES SURROUNDING THE  SHOOTING DEATH OF OFFICER JOHN JACOB SMITH ON JULY 4, 1904. WASHINGTON POST ARTICLE DATED JULY 5, 1904, PAGE 2 SHOT BY CAVALRYMAN John J. Smith Probably Fatal Wounded SAMUEL YOUNG UNDER ARREST Unprovoked Attempt to Kill...

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Officer Junius B. Slack, slain November 27,1891

SLACK’S WOUND FATAL Death of the Policeman Who Was Stabbed by His Neighbor HAD PENETRATED A VITAL PART Story of the Prelude to the Affray Told by the Officer’s Wife WITH A TWELVE-INCH BUTCHERS KNIFE The Weapon Used by Charles H. Myers, Who Is Said to Have Had an Old...

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Sergeant Fritz Passau

Sergeant Fritz Passau

MURDER OF MPDC SERGEANT FRITZ PASSAU AND TWO MARYLAND CITIZENS IN 1899. (IT SHOULD BE NOTED THAT THE DEPARTMENTS CURRENT LIST OF OFFICERS KILLED IN THE LINE OF DUTY LISTS PASSAU’S DEATH IN 1889. BOTH WASHINGTON POST ARTICLES ARE DATED 1899.) THE SUSPECTS BUNGLED...

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Officer Adolphus C. Constantine

Officer Adolphus C. Constantine

OFFICER CONSTANTINE FELL OFF HIS BOAT. WASHINGTON POST ARTICLE DATED SEPTEMBER 12, 1891, PAGE 2. DROWNED AT INDIAN HEAD Officer Constantine Falls Overboard from the Police Patrol Boat Officer Adolphus C. Constantine, who has been connected with the police patrol boat...

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Officer Americus Crippen 1889

Officer Americus Crippen 1889

THESE ARTICLES TELL OF THE 1889 DEATH OF OFFICER AMERICUS N. CRIPPEN WHILE ATTEMPTING TO ARREST A SHOOTING SUSPECT, AND THE RIOT THAT FOLLOWED. TWO MURDERS George Bush, a Rough Shoots and Instantly Kills Policeman Crippen. The Officers Last Act was to Fire Shots at...

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Officer John Fowler Killed in 1884

THIS STORY CONCERNS THE 1884 MURDER OF OFFICER JOHN H. FOWLER. THE SUSPECT IN THIS CASE MOCKED THE OFFICERS GRIEVING WIDOW IN HER PRESENCE AT THE POLICE STATION SHORTLY AFTER THE KILLING, THREATENED THE OFFICER WHO FOUND HIM HIDING UNDER A BED, AND TRIED TO ATTACK A...

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Stories from Francis M. Doyle

Stories from Francis M. Doyle

SOME INCIDENTS IN THE CAREER OF FRANCIS M. DOYLE WASHINGTON POST ARTICLE DATED MARCH 19, 1911 (A HISTORY OF THE EARLY MPDC, AND THE DEATH OF THE FIRST OFFICER KILLED IN THE LINE OF DUTY) CITY’S POLICE FORCE HAS HAD EXCITING EVOLUTION. From Early Patrol of “Pike”...

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