Shot and stabbed, run over and run down, electrocuted and thrown from horses.
It was in 1861 that the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department officially formed, and two years later saw its first officer die in the line of duty. The number has grown to more than 150 men killed. And it's been all men - no women officers in the department's history have been killed in the line of duty.
By far, the 1920s were the deadliest decade with 45 police officers killed. By contrast, the 1940s saw the deaths of five officers.
One officer died 22 years after being paralyzed while responding to a burglary; another died 21 years after a gunshot wound that doctors said contributed to the pancreatic cancer that killed him.
Four deaths listed by the St. Louis Police Department were not included. An officer suffered a heart attack after taking the annual physical fitness test in 2007; an officer shot himself to death in 1924; in 1914, an off-duty officer died in a motorcycle crash in which he was riding with his 8-year-old son; and in 1900 an officer died either by suicide or an accident involving a gun.
Officer Tamarris Bohannon and another officer were responding to a shooting call on Aug. 29, 2020, when a man barricaded inside a home in the Tower Grove South neighborhood fired at police.
Bohannon was shot in the head; a secon officer was shot in the leg.
Bohannon, 29, died the next day of his injuries. He had been with the department for nearly four years and was survived by a wife, Alexis, and three children.
April 2011: Officer Daryl Hall
Early on April 24, 2011, Darryl Hall was just another patron at a downtown St. Louis nightclub a couple blocks from Busch Stadium.
Then the off-duty St. Louis officer heard gunshots outside. Hall, 34, left his girlfriend and ran outside, spotting a man firing a handgun in an adjacent parking lot.
Witnesses said Hall identified himself as a police officer, pulled his gun and ordered the man to drop his weapon.
The man refused, and gunfire erupted between Hall, the gunman and a nightclub security guard.
Hall was shot in the neck and arm. He was survived by his mother and stepfather.
March 2010: Officer David A. Haynes
Officer David Haynes was involved in a four-car crash while chasing a burglary suspect on South Kingshighway on March 24, 2010.
Haynes, who had been with the department for one year and was a newlywed, spotted the suspect vehicle and turned on his lights and siren. His car was struck by two others, and he had to be extricated from it.
One of the drivers, who was fleeing police, later pleaded guilty to second-degree murder. He was sentenced to 20 years in prison.
Haynes was survived by his wife, mother and brother.
Sgt. Jeffry Kowalski was investigating an armed robbery with his partner in February 1987 when he was shot.
Kowalski returned to duty and worked until 1999. In March 2008, he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and died on Oct. 1, 2008.
His doctor said his gunshot wound led to chronic pancreatitis. Studies supported a correlation between that illness and the development of pancreatic cancer, and in 2009 his death was ruled to have happened in the line of duty.
August 2007: Officer Norvelle Brown
With less than a year on the job, Officer Norvelle Brown still was a rookie when he was shot and killed on Aug. 15, 2007.
Brown, 22, was trying to detain a suspect in the 1600 block of Semple Avenue when he was shot about 9:50 p.m
Brown was wearing a bulletproof vest, but the bullet went into his armpit and then his lung.
He radioed that he needed help and another officer arrived and performed CPR. But Brown died of his wounds.
The suspect, who was 15, was convicted and sentenced to life in prison without parole.
A suspected drug dealer, apparently bent on escaping from two officers on a neighborhood patrol, shot them both on Jan. 30, 2004, killing Officer Nicholas Sloan.
Sloan, 24, was shot with his own pistol. The police chief, Joe Mokwa, said a slug penetrated the edge of Sloan's bulletproof vest but missed its protective plates. It went through his shoulder and veered into his heart. He had been with the department for two years.
The officers were working near the intersection of North Taylor and Enright avenues.
Sloan was survived by his 13-month-old child, girlfriend, parents and two sisters. His father also was a St. Louis police officer.
It wasn't Officer James Branson but his partner who drew grave concern after both were hurt in a collision chasing carjackers in February 2003.
Branson was treated for a broken ankle and released while his partner was in critical condition with a head injury.
But Branson died unexpectedly on March 9, 2003, apparently of complications from surgery to fix his ankle.
Branson, 36, developed shortness of breath and collapsed at the home of a friend and died.
Branson had been on the police force for 4 1/2 years and was survived by his wife and four children.
August 2002: Officer Michael J. Barwick
Officer Michael Barwick was killed in a fiery crash during a high-speed chase.
Barwick, 27, was with his partner on Aug. 29, 2002, when they spotted a car believed to have been stolen. They began a chase that ended when the squad car was struck by a van at 25th Street and St. Louis Avenue.
The car went airborne, flipped and landed on its side. He was taken to a hospital and died a short time later.
Barwick had been with the department for two years when he died.
Officer Robert J. Stanze, the father of a toddler and husband of a wife pregnant with twins, was shot to death on Aug. 8, 2000, while arresting a suspect in the earlier wounding of an officer in Berkeley.
Stanze, 29, and his partner had arrested Eddie Belk and handcuffed his hands behind his back. But they apparently missed a pistol when searching him, and he shot Stanze in the side.
The slug went through an opening in Stanze's bulletproof vest, under his armpit and pierced his heart.
An undercover St. Louis police officer who fought back from an injury to wage war on drug dealers died on Nov. 19, 1993, in a helicopter crash while on drug surveillance in Jefferson County.
Officer Stephen J. Strehl, a 14-year veteran, was riding shotgun in a two-seat Drug Enforcement Administration helicopter about 3:45 am. when it plunged about 500 feet and smashed into trees three miles south of Antonio.
The helicopter rolled onto Strehl, 35, pinning him. He had been assigned to a DEA task force. The pilot, a DEA agent, survived.
A veteran St. Louis police officer was killed on Sept. 8, 1989, after his patrol car was struck broadside by a speeding suspect's car that was being chased by two other city police officers.
Officer Michael A. McNew, 39, was killed in the accident. Police said they believed McNew, who was alone in his patrol car, had been responding to a chase of a suspect's car. The patrol car was struck by the fleeing suspect's car at the intersection of Seventh Street and Russell Boulevard.
McNew was the son of a retired police officer. He was survived by his wife, a son and a daughter.
June 1985: Officer Johnnie C. Corbin
Officer Johnnie C. Corbin was killed June 5, 1985, when his tricar was struck by an angry motorist to whom Corbin had given a parking ticket moments before.
The suspect, Willie Taylor, had been visiting relatives in the area when Corbin ticketed his car. Police have said the $4 ticket was written because the car was parked on the street during street-cleaning hours.
Corbin, 41, was an 18-year veteran of the force.
October 1980: Sgt. Richard B. Siebenman
Sgt. Richard Barry Siebenman, 48, was killed Oct. 2, 1980, when the police car he was driving at Loughborough and Minnesota avenues was struck by a car that police said ran a stop sign while going over 70 mph. Police said there were no skid marks in the intersection, indicating the speeding driver made no attempt to stop. The speed limit on Minnesota is 25 mph.
Firefighters had to pry open the door of Siebenman's unmarked car, which was pinched between the other car and a light pole, to get Siebenman out.
The 22-year Police Department veteran and deputy commander of the correspondence investigation division was dead on arrival at City Hospital that night.
Siebenman was survived by his wife and a daughter and a son.
Sgt. William Campbell was shot to death on May 30, 1979, by a Granite City man described by his family as "violent and dangerous."
Campbell, 41, and another officer, Patrolman James Cox, were shot in front of the Ruskin Avenue District police station about 9:45 p.m.
Campbell was struck in the chest at close range with a blast from his own riot gun.
The suspect, Lloyd Mitchell, 36, was shot and killed by another officer who chased him into Calvary Cemetery, across the street from the police station.
Mitchell was brought to the police station after police answered a call from a home for the elderly where he was sitting in the doorway. He told police his car had broken down and he was trying to get out of the rain.
Officers helped him call his parents in Illinois and Mitchell waited in the lobby for a time. He had wandered off when his brother showed up. Mitchell got into a police car, and began using the radio to make crank calls to the station; he also wrenched the service shotgun out of the locked rack. When Campbell and another officer walked down the front steps of the station, Mitchell shot them.
Patrolman Louis D. Sebold was shot on the steps of St. Stanislaus Kostka Catholic Church on Oct. 5, 1975. A young Vietnam veteran with a history of mental illness was charged in Sebold's shooting.
Sebold, 45, had been stationed at the church for Sunday morning services, because of the recent rash of church holdups. He was shot as he talked to a young man who had wandered into the church in the middle of a Mass.
Lawrence Williams, 24, who had been a patient at Malcolm Bliss Mental Health Center recently, was seized in a sixth-floor apartment in the Vaughn housing project after dozens of officers searched for him.
Sebold died from two gunshot wounds in the upper left chest.
Veteran Officer Harold Warnecke was shot to death on Dec. 15, 1972, by a robber fleeing a holdup at a Kroger store.
Warnecke, 60, was shot three times in the back by one of two men who had held up a checkout clerk at the store. A bullet apparently pierced his heart.
Warnecke was driving in his patrol car when he turned into the Kroger parking lot on North Grand to make his first surveillance of the morning.
The officer's supervisors said it was his custom to check business establishment after reporting for duty because of numerous early holdups.
The store manager had stepped outside when he saw the police car, got the officer's attention and pointed to the two men who were hurrying away. As Warnecke called to one of the suspects to "come back here" the second man stepped from behind the cruiser and shot Warnecke, who fell face down in the snow.
Warnecke, a 27-year veteran of the department, was survived by a wife and two grown children.
Patrolman Paul Kramer was wounded by a gunshot fired by one of three holdup men who came into a food store run by Kramer's brother.
Kramer was off-duty and in civilian clothing. He drew his service revolver, but the robber fired two shots before Kramer could fire. Kramer, 53, was wounded on March 25, 1971 and died five days later, on March 30.
• Patrolman Donald Sparks was shot to death when he stopped a car that matched the description of one fleeing a grocery store robbery on March 4, 1963. Sparks, 33, was shot twice in the head. He left behind a wife and daughter.
• Officer Glennon Jasper was investigating an automobile parked at Lillian and Riverview when he was struck by another vehicle as he walked to the rear of the first car. Jasper, 41, suffered head injuries and a fractured leg and died 10 days later, on Jan. 29, 1964. He was survived by his wife.
• Officer Paul McCulloch was en route to work on July 2, 1964, when he stopped to help after hearing a call for an officer in need of aid. A man who had kidnapped a woman shot at an officer who stopped his car, and the suspect ran to the Pruitt-Igoe complex. The responding officers began searching for the suspect, and McCulloch and another officer decided to circle the building from the rear to head off the suspect The officer heard a shot and other officers arriving found McCulloch in a area way with a gunshot wound to the head. He was pronounced dead at a hospital. McCulloch, 37, left a wife and four children — including his son, Robert, who went on to become the St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney.
• Officer Paul Goldak was struck by a drunk driver while writing a traffic citation, suffering severe internal and bone injuries. He died on Sept. 1, 1964, three years after the accident, of kidney failure attributed to the accident. He was survived by his wife and children.
• Sgt. Harry Oebels was picking his wife up from her job at a pharmacy when two armed robbers announced a holdup on July 7, 1966. When they ordered Oebels to stop closer, he drew his service revolved and fired at one robber, who fled. He exchanged gunfire with the second robber and was shot in the leg and jaw. Oebels, 48, was survived by his wife.
• Officer Paul Oatman was driving his tri-car while on duty and was struck by a police vehicle from another department on May 12, 1967. Oatman, 32, left behind a wife and four children.
• Officer Terry Simmons was killed when his patrol car went out of control and plunged from an overpass onto Market Street on Dec. 4, 1969. Simmons, 22, left behind a wife and two daughters.
• Detective Brian Graft was off-duty working a security job on May 6, 1969, when he heard a radio call about the suspect in a shooting at a motel. Graft and another officer saw a man who matched the shooter's description and walked toward him. He pulled a gun and shot Graft in the chest. The detective, 25, was single and survived by his mother and siblings.
Killed in the line of duty: 1950s
• Corporal Charles Voracek and his partner were responding to a call for an officer in need of aid when their patrol car was struck by a vehicle en route. Voracek suffered fractures in the neck,leg and ribs and died of his injuries 11 days later, on Aug. 28, 1952. Voracek, 52, was survived by his wife and son.
• Officer Edward T. Burke died on Jan. 3, 1953, when he fell down a staircase as he was escorting a prisoner. He left a wife and five children.
• Patrolman Charles Hogan was struck by a car while directing rush hour traffic and died of his injuries nearly two weeks later, on Dec. 8, 1955. Hogan, 56, was survived by his wife and two children.
• Patrolman Henry Eichelberger was injured in a cruiser accident, and seemed to recover from his injuries. But he became ill a few weeks later and died on May 2, 1955 — about six weeks after the accident. Eichelberger, 65, was survived by his wife.
• Patrolman Thomas Mulrooney was struck in the left thigh by a shotgun blast when he interrupted a tavern robbery. Doctors thought Mulrooney, 66, would recover, but he developed blood poisoning and died on April 20, 1956 — a month and four days after he was s hot. He was survived by a wife and children.
• Corporal Samuel Cheatham suffered a heart attack while trying to arrest a prisoner and was on sick leave from that when he suffered a second, fatal heart attack and died on Sept. 23, 1959. Cheatham was survived by his wife.
Killed in the line of duty: 1940s
• Motorcycle Officer William Mears was killed on March 25, 1941, when he crashed his motorcycle through two wooden street barricades and flipped it in the air. The motorcycle landed on Mears, 34, who suffered a broken neck and skull injury. He left a wife and two daughters.
• Officer Neal Courtney was stabbed to death by an angry vagrant with a penknife on April 26, 1946. The officer, 36, was walking his beat and saw the man had built a fire and told him to put it out. He refused; Courtney began to put it out with his feet and the vagrant hit him with a burning stick and knocked him down. Courtney chased him and they scuffled, when the man pulled out the penknife and cut him in his face and neck. Courtney left behind a wife and daughter.
• Officer Raymond Hacker was directing traffic around fallen power lines during a thunderstorm when he was struck by a car, thrown into the path of a second vehicle and struck again. He died six days later, on June 11, 1948. Hacker was 39.
• Patrolman Edward Fabick was struck by a hit-and-run driver as he directed traffic around an earlier accident. Fabick, 54, died one day later on July 6, 1948. He left behind a wife and children.
• Detective William O'Brien was shot and killed on March 16, 1949, while making a routine check on a pawnshop. He interrupted a robbery and was shot in the chest. O'Brien, 68, was survived by his wife and daughters.
Killed in the line of duty: 1930s
• Motorcycle Patrolman Edward Schnittker was killed June 4, 1930, when he was struck by a passenger train at a crossing in Forest Park. Schnittker, 36, left behind a wife.
• Patrolman Harry Stussie was killed on March 15, 1931, when he was struck by a dry goods company's truck while crossing a street. Stussie, 32, left behind a wife and five sons.
•Sgt. Adolph Kreidler was shot and killed on Sept. 28, 1931, after he'd finished his shift and boarded a bus. When another man boarded and the conductor came to collect his fare, the new passenger pulled a gun. Kreidler tried to overpower the robber, and as they struggled for the robber's gun, it discharged and hit Kreidler in the leg. The robber shot Kreidler in the back of the head as he fell. Kreidler, 56, left a wife and daughter.
• Sgt. Jeremiah O'Connor and Officer George Moran died after their patrol car was struck by a truck on Dec. 26, 1931. O'Connor, 63, died the next day was survived by his wife and eight children. Moran, 55, died on Dec. 31, leaving a wife and son.
• Officer George Schrameyer was shot to death on April 16, 1932, when he and several other officers responded to shots fired in an alley. He was 50, and survived by a wife and four children.
• Officer Joseph Theobald Jr. was struck by a car and killed on Nov. 6, 1933, when he stayed at the scene of a car accident until a two truck could arrive. Theobald left a wife and two young children.
• Officer Albert Siko was shot by a streetcar robber and died the following day, May 1, 1934. Siko had just finished his shift and was waiting for a streetcar when someone reported the holdup. As he responded, he began to chase the suspect, who turned and shot him four times. Siko left a wife and two young children.
• Officer James Carmody was struck and killed by a streetcar on May 31, 1934, as he was en route to the mounted police station in Forest Park. Witnesses said Carmody, 50, stepped in front of the streetcar.
• Patrolman William Cotter was struck by a car as he was crossing the street and died two days later on July 11, 1934. The driver had been drinking and was charged with manslaughter. Cotter, 65, was survived by his wife.
• Sgt. William Cullen was on patrol when a man approached his car and demanded the officer "give me your gun." Cullen refused, started to get out of the car and was shot in the stomach. Cullen, 59, died the next day, March 3, 1936.
• Officer Henry Dekeersgieter was on patrol when he came across a suspected car thief. He took the suspect in custody, holding the waist of his pants, as he walked to the call box. The suspect pulled a knife and cut Dekeersgieter's face. Doctors thought he would recover and released him from the hospital, but he suffered a stroke and died of septic pneumonia on March 23, 1936 — 10 days after he had been cut.
• Motorcycle Officer Anthony Retkowski was killed on June 14, 1936, when he was leading a parade of school children publicizing a school picnic. Retkowski was riding ahead of the children when he hit a depression in the road and was thrown into a light standard. The officer died of a fractured skull.
• Detective Sgt. James Mobrak arrested two burglary suspects on Feb. 3, 1937, and rode in the back with them on the way to the station. After the officer driving got out, one of the suspects pulled a gun from his shoe and shot at Mobrak. The driving officer and others opened fire on the car. Mobrak and one of the burglars died at the scene; the second suspect died at a hospital. Mobrak left a wife and three children.
• Detective Sgt. Thomas Sullivan was shot while patrolling an area where there had been seven holdups and car thefts in one night. When he and his partner located two suspects in the Leonard Hotel, they went to the door. The suspects cracked the door, slammed it shut and then fired through it at Sullivan and his partner. Sullilvan was shot and paralyzed and died the next day on Feb. 26, 1937. He was 45 and left a wife and three children.
• Probationary Patrolman Walter Bingham was on his police motorcycle when it struck an automobile. He was thrown to the ground and died on Oct. 22, 1937, one day after the accident. Bingham, 29, was married and had two children.
• Officer Harry Canton was killed on Nov. 4, 1939, when his motorcycle struck the side of a bus at Sidney and California. Canton, 49, struck the front of the bus and his skull was crushed. He was survived by his wife.
Killed in the line of duty: 1925-1929
• Patrolman John Bohlen was struck by a streetcar on the same beat he walked as a patrolman on Jan. 31, 1925.
• Patrolman Charles Claggett was shot and killed on Feb. 8, 1925, while responding to a disturbance call in the 1000 block of North 12th Street. As he walked to the front of the home, he was met with a fusillade of bullets. Claggett, 45, was an 18-year veteran.
• Officer Harry Wise died on April 4, 1925, while riding his motorcycle for the traffic division. Witnesses said Wise, 26, apparently fell ill, threw his hands up and fell backwards from the machine, fracturing his skull. He left a wife and child.
• Motorcycle Officer Carl Hunt was chasing a speeding car on his motorcycle when the tire blew out and he was thrown over the handlebars on April 29, 1925. He died on May 1; he left behind a wife who was pregnant with their son, who joined the department in 1952.
• Patrolman John Grogan died on July 2, 1925, of gunshot wounds he got during a gun battle with six payroll robbers at a Washington Avenue printing company. He was survived by a wife and four children.
• Patrolman James Mateer was killed on Dec. 17, 1925, when he responded to a cigar store robbery and got into a gun battle. He was shot in the stomach; he left a wife a two children.
• Patrolman William Sass was killed on Feb. 12, 1926, when he was struck by a car while directing traffic at Grand Boulevard and Chouteau Avenue. He left behind his mother.
• Patrolman Frank Kohring was fatally injured on Feb. 17, 1926 when he was kicked by an unruly prisoner he had arrested for public drunkenness. He was repeatedly kicked in the leg, which became infected and swollen and did not improve. He died with a few days; an inquest said the cause of death was aortic stenosis and diabetes.
• Motorcycle Officer Eugene Lovely was shot and killed on Sept. 25, 1926 when he was patrolling in a car and spotted an ex-convict with a burglary past. They followed the suspect's car and he began shooting at them, striking Lovely in the chest and jaw. He was survived by his wife.
• Detective Sgt. Edward Lally was shot on Jan. 1, 1927 after being assigned to supervise a New Year's Eve celebration. As he left the event, a car pulled up with Lally, who was on foot, and someone opened fire. He died at the hospital on Jan. 2. He was a 28-year veteran of the department.
• Detective Sgt. Edward Schaaf and Detective Douglas Chamblin were fatally injured on Sept. 29, 1927, when a 1 1/2 story brick building at Prairie and Easton Avenues collapsed on them during a tornado. Schaaf was killed immediately, leaving a wife and two children; Chamblin died two weeks later, on Oct. 14, 1927, leaving a wife and four children.
• Patrolman Oliver Cook died on Dec. 17, 1927, one day after he was thrown from his motorcycle while responding to a reported gas station holdup.
• Patrolman Paul Meyer was killed answering a holdup call at a filling station on Feb. 14, 1928, when his police car was struck by another vehicle.
• Patrolman Joseph McGovern was killed on Nov. 11, 1928, when a driver who had been drinking struck a car, then a concrete electrical pole, then McGovern. He was crushed against the brick wall of a building. He left a wife and nine children.
•Patrolman John Walsh was struck by a car and died eight days later, on Jan. 9, 1929, of his injuries. He left behind a wife and daughter.
• Patrolman Roy Berry was pursuing a speeding car when his police car was struck by another car on Jan. 31, 1929. Berry was thrown out and suffered a fractured skull. He left behind a wife.
• Patrolman Joseph Meier was killed on April 7, 1929, when he was struck by a car while standing alongside a second disabled vehicle on Ninth Street. Meier, 47, was survived by his wife.
• Officer William McCormack was shot and killed on June 25, 1929, when stationed at the recently robbed Ideal Cigar Store. Two robbers entered and McCormack did not hear them. They looked in the back room, saw McCormack and shot him in the neck. McCormack, 62, was survived by his wife and grown daughter.
Killed in the line of duty: 1920-1924
•Detective Sgt. James King was shot and killed during a holdup by two robbers as he was walking to his home on Jan. 12. He died on Jan. 18, 1920.
• Sgt. Edward Dwyer was injured when his horse got spooked by a car, reared backward and fell over on him, pinning him to the ground. Dwyer, who had a wife and three children, died three days later on Feb. 16, 1920.
• Officer Terence McFarland was shot and killed by the "Red-Headed Bandit" after a bank holdup on April 5, 1920. The robber, Fred Smith, fled the bank into the neighboring movie theater, where he used the darkness to fire at officers as they called on him to surrender. He held up his guns and said, "Come and get me" and as McFarland approached, he shot him in the right breast. McFarland was single.
• Probationary Patrolman Frank Reese was riding his motorcycle when it was struck by an automobile on Oct. 13, 1920. Reese was survived by his wife.
• Special Officers William Moller, 45, and Preston B. Anslyn, 38, were shot to death on Oct. 16, 1920, in the front lawn of a flat at 3868-70 Juniata. The detectives hadn't had a chance to draw their revolvers before they were shot.
• Patrolman George Geisler was shot and killed on Oct. 31, 1920, by gangster brothers in a soft drink saloon at 2100 Clark Avenue. The motive? Family hatred of Geisler, who had arrested a third brother earlier. Geisler was survived by his wife.
• Detective Charles Daly was shot and killed by a bandit as he was walking home in civilian dress. Daly was shot three times and died at a hospital a short time later.
• Special Officer Michael Finn was critically wounded in a gun battle with two men who had been planning to rob a grocery store when Finn and other officers stopped them. Finn was shot in the forehead and died a few hours later on May 23, 1921. He let a wife and seven children.
• Officer John McGrath was shot to death on Dec. 6, 1921, by two brothers who had been hanging around a filling station in search of easy money. When McGrath started toward the brothers, one pulled a gun and shot McGrath, who was dead at the scene. McGrath, 26, left behind a wife.
• Patrolmen Michael O'Connor and Bernard Mengel were shot to death on April 22, 1922, by two bandits during a holdup of the Morris Packing Company as the officers were guarding money at the South Side Trust Co. McGrath was married.
• Patrolman Patrick Stapleton and his partner were investigating a report of a prowler at a woman's home when they saw a man in the rear of the yard on May 26, 1922. Stapleton fired at the man, who then returned fire and struck Stapleton in the chest. He left behind a wife and daughter.
• Probationary Patrolman Bernard Cook was shot and killed in front of a trunk factory on July 7, 1922. He was stationed there every Friday afternoon to provide a police presence as paychecks were handed out. He was single.
• Sgt. Harry Lemkemeier was shot and killed after he and another detective drove by a car and recognized two men, who were planning to rob a payroll courier in the Metro East. When Lemkemeier started asking them questions, one of the men pulled a gun and shot the veteran officer on July 26, 1922. He died at the scene, and was survived by his father, with whom he lived.
•Patrolman William Carroll was accidentally shot to death by his partner on May 7, 1923, as they tried to arrest a suspected burglar. He was 28.
• Patrolman Joseph T. Staten was killed on May 25, 1923, in an auto accident at Kingshighway and Natural Bridge Road. No one witnessed it, but investigators theorized that Staten skidded into a turn, then crashed and turned over. He died of a fractured skull and broken neck.
• Officer Michael Haggerty was electrocuted by a downed wire near Grand Boulevard and Wyoming Street during a severe rainstorm. Haggerty was survived by a wife and daughter.
• Patrolman Edward Kuehner was on his way to investigate a burglary call on Sept. 19, 1923, when his patrol car was struck by a streetcar. He died from blood poisoning on Nov. 12, 1923. He left behind a wife and four children.
• Patrolman John Flaherty fell down a flight of stairs and broke his leg on Oct. 4, 1923, but complications set in and he died on Nov. 13, 1923. Flaherty, 62, was survived by a widow and three children.
• Patrolman William Anderson was found lying in a pool of blood on Feb. 10, 1924, shot five times. He was still wearing his gloves and his loaded revolver was in its holster. Anderson, 54, left a wife and two children. His murder never was solved.
• Prison Guard Roger Harty was run down by a speeding car on June 11, 1924, and died of a fractured skull. The driver fled the scene. Harty was the department's first bugler and appeared at parades and other celebrations across the city. He was 48, survived by a wife and three children.
• Lt. Sidney Sears was shot and killed on June 22, 1924, when he and other officers responded to a disturbance call. Sears, feeling ill, stayed in the car when the other officers went inside. The other officers heard shots, came outside and found Sears dead, with six gunshot wounds. The killer admitted he shot Sears when the officer told him to halt.
• Patrolman Bernard Early was shot to death in a saloon by a robber on July 26, 1924. When Early advanced on the gunman, who had announced a holdup, he swung at him with his nightstick and missed. The robber fired four shots at Early, who managed to reach the call box to report the thwarted robbery. Early, 51, was single.
• Sgt. Robert Woody was shot to death on Nov. 10. 1924, as he and another officer began following a speeding car with a running board in flames. The four men in the car abandoned it, running in different directions, and the officers gave chase. In an ensuing gun battle, Woody, 52, was shot in the abdomen. He was survived by his wife and a daughter.
• Special Officer Fred Benz was shot while trying to arrest a burglar and died 24 hours later, on Nov. 23, 1924. Benz encountered the burglar when he jumped from a window and opened fire on two officers, mortally wounding Benz. He was survived by his wife.
Killed in the line of duty 1910s
• Officer Cornelius O'Keefe was shot on Aug. 8, 1911, while looking for a man who was wanted or assault. O'Keefe, 42, was a 12-year veteran.
• Officer Louis Schnarr heard a disturbance at a restaurant where the owner had barred a man for unpaid bills. As Schnarr ran to the business, the man who had been banned shot and killed him on June 2, 1912. Schnarr had a wife and two children.
• Officer Arthur Huddleston was shot and killed on Nov. 17, 1912, as he came to the aid of another officer while trying to capture a paroled killer who had broken into a woman's house.
• Officer Martin Kilroy was critically injured when the horse he was riding as a mounted patrolman was struck by an automobile. He was thrown off and landed on his head, fracturing his skull on Aug. 19, 1913.
• Officer William Shaiper was walking his beat with another officer when they saw two men dragging a third on March 22, 1914. They arrested all three. As Shaiper was escorting one prisoner, he drew a revolver and shot Shaiper three times.
• Motorcycle Officer Charles Benderoth was riding his motorcycle to the Laclede Avenue Station when he was struck by a car on April 20, 1914. He died on May 2, 1914.
• Sgt. Michael Gibbons inadvertently walked into a station of the Wabash Railroad where safe-crackers were at work on Jan. 9, 1915. One of the safe-crackers ordered Gibbons to raise his hands; Gibbons refused and was shot to death.
• Officer Edward Spilcker was shot by a pair of ice box and saloon bandits and died 21 days later, on Jan. 31, 1915, of blood poisoning and hemorrhage.
•Probationary Patrolman Leo Kraeger was shot and killed on Aug. 31, 1915, when he tried to arrest an angry firefighter, who was wanted for firing a gun.
• Officer Charles Barmeier was shot as he came to the aid of a woman whose estranged husband was forcing her back toward their home. When he heard screams for help on Nov. 25, 1915, he jumped from the streetcar he was on en route to work and came to her aid, only to be shot in the chest.
• Motorcycle Patrolman John McKenna stopped a car he suspected of carrying two men who had stolen copper, which was very valuable during WWI. He took them to a gas station and asked the man in charge to call a patrol wagon. When one of the suspects asked to get a drink of water, McKenna said yes - and the man walked behind him, pulled a hidden gun and shot McKenna in the head on April 7, 1916. Which led to...
• Officer William Dillon was investigating McKenna's murder when he went to the home of the two suspects and one grabbed a hatchet and hit Dillon on the back of the head on April 7, 1916. As Dillon fell, the suspect continued beating him with a hatchet and shovel until he was dead.
• Patrolman Louis Robers was 46 when he walked into a saloon at the start of his shift to tell the owner something about his car on May 20, 1916. When the conversation continued at the side door, the saloon owner grew angry and started shooting at Robers. He was a 12-year veteran of the department and married.
• Officer Edward O'Brien was killed when the patrol car he was using to transport a begging suspect was struck by a streetcar, throwing O'Brien through the rear door of the car and into the brick wall of the station on Oct. 30, 1916. O'Brien, 52, was survived by a wife and seven children.
• Officer Isaac Kidwell was shot and killed on May 11, 1917, by a man they had followed when he jumped off a streetcar and into a house at 1428 Clark Avenue. Kidwell was 41.
• Patrolman Julius Petring was shot and killed in what may have been a lover's quarrel on July 17, 1917. They were in a room over a saloon at 2301 North Market that the owner had let them have because Petring was due in court the next morning; the woman he was with said Petring had tried to kill her in a fit of jealousy and she shot him after a struggle.
• Patrolman Charles Redmond was killed in a traffic accident on Sept. 24, 1917, when he stood on the running board of a truck they had ordered off the street, and the truck struck a telegraph pole. The impact crushed Redmond, a 13-year veteran and at 6 feet 2 and over 200 pounds, one of the largest men on the force.
• Patrolman Andrew Lawrence was struck and killed by a speeding car on May 19, 1918. When another officer found him critically injured, the officer stopped a passing car to take Lawrence to the hospital. The car broke down, and when an ambulance arrived, Lawrence was pronounced dead. He was married with six children and a 22-year veteran of the police department.
• Patrolman August Schwind was a 21-year veteran of the department when his horse spooked in Forest Park on June 9, 1918, throwing him off and fracturing his skull. He died a few hours later.
• Officer William Hayes was shot and killed when he stopped a fleeing suspect on 19th Street on Feb. 23, 1919. The suspect pulled a hidden gun from his coat sleeve and shot Hayes twice. Hayes was married with four children.
• Officer Thomas Ward and Lt. William Smith were shot and killed in a June 13, 1919, gun battle with four armed men who robbed the Meramec Trust Co. The gunfight is considered one of the most famous gun battles in the department's history and marked only the third time two officers would be killed in the same incident.
• Patrolman Louis Niederschulte was responding to a disturbance report on Aug. 12, 1919, when a man became enraged upon hearing that another man had been friendly with his wife. The suspect began taking shots at anyone within range, and as Niederschulte approached the rear of the address he was shot in the back and fell dead.
Killed in the line of duty 1900s
• Officers Nicholas Beckman and John Looney both were electrocuted on Sept. 3, 1900, in the worst incident in the department's history. Another 13 officers were injured.
At the turn of the century, officers used the call box (found at nearly every street intersection in the city) to call the station to let them know all was well. A missed call from a beat officer caused alarm.
But a heavy power wire with 3200 volts of current had crossed over the police call box at 8th and Carr streets and turned the call boxes into a potential death trap.
Beckman, 26, was knocked unconscious and badly burned when he tried to use the call box on 18th Street between Washington and Carr streets. He died in minutes. Looney, 41, was using the call box at 12th and Morgan streets when he was electrocuted.
Officer Michael J. Burke, who was electrocuted as well, died 14 months later of complications from severe burns.
• Officer Dennis Crane was one of four officers responding to reports of a man firing a shotgun in the air near the Alexian Brothers Hospital on June 1, 1900. As Crane approached the suspect, who had a history of mental illness, the man fired the shotgun into Crane's chest.
• Officer Richard Delaney was shot and killed while he and another officer were trying to arrest a man at a home on North Seventh Street who had threatened to stab his wife. Delaney, 29, went to the front door with his revolver in his hand while the second officer went to cover the rear basement exit. After he heard shots, he saw Delaney stagger down the steps and collapse.
The killer, William Turner, was caught in East St. Louis and prosecuted for Delaney's murder.
• Terence Donnelly was a clerk at the Baden Police Station who was struck and killed by a streetcar on April 7, 1902.
• Officer Michael Reedy, 33, was accidentally shot and killed by a pharmacy clerk who was firing at burglars trying to enter the pharmacy on Oct. 28, 1902.
• Officer William Boka was trying to board a streetcar on Christmas Day 1902 when he fell and was run over by the following streetcar. He died three days later.
• Officer Hugh McCartney had been with the department just two months when he was attacked by a crowd of men and women armed with pistols, bricks and razors on May 16, 1903. He died 15 days later.
• Officer Thomas J. Hadican was taking the Fourth Street streetcar after a night shift on Sept. 20, 1903, when on a sharp curve he lost his grip on the streetcar railing and fell to the pavement, hitting his head. He died a few hours later.
• Officer William Hoagland was struck by a streetcar, throwing him about 10 feet and striking a telephone pole, on Aug. 24, 1903.
• Officer Frank J. Ahern went to a call box and as he stood with the receiver to his ear, he swung his night stick and rapped it on the pavement. As it rebounded, Ahern tossed it over his shoulder, when the nightstick struck the hammer of his revolver, which discharged and struck him in the leg. While being treated at the hospital, he developed blood poisoning but refused to have the leg amputated. He died on Oct. 10, 1904, 35 days after the accident. Ahern, 27, was survived by his wife.
• Detectives Thomas Dwyer, John Shea and James McClusky were helping investigate suspects in a daring train robbery when they got a tip on Oct. 20, 1904, that the robbers were in a Pine Street rooming house. Five officers went to the address; two arrested one of he suspects. Three other officers entered the darkened room, where a gun battle broke out. Dwyer and Shea both were killed; McClusky died the next day.
•Officer Humphrey O'Leary was walking his beat after a storm on Sept. 29, 1906, when he discovered downed electrical wires. Concerned for the public's safety, he tried to pick the wire up and was electrocuted. He left behind his wife and a child.
• Officer Lemuel Boyce was working his last shift, believing the job too risky for a widower with a small child, on March 31, 1907 when he responded to a burglary at a saloon and chased the suspects. One of them fired three shots, striking Boyce in the face and chest and killing him.
• Officer Zeno Fults were looking for a man who had shot his brother-in-law when they went to the 2300 block of Chestnut. As Fults opened the back door, the suspect, John Thornton, shot Fults in the arm and heart. He had been married with two sons. His killer was sentenced to prison for life.
• Officer Edward Dellmore got into a fight with an obstinate prisoner in May 1908 and was hit and kicked in the head and abdomen. He complained of pain but continued working. He fell ill in October and died on Oct. 25, 1908, the result of a blood clot on the brain and an abdominal abscess. He was married and had two children.
Killed in the line of duty 1880s-1890s
• Officer Michael Walsh was shot in the head on Dec. 5, 1880, while coming to the aid of another officer investigating a burglary while walking a patrol beat at the corner of 16th and Olive Streets.
• Officer Patrick Doran was helping chase an escaped police character, Jack Shea, at the corner of 7th and St. Charles streets when Shea shot him on Nov. 23, 1881. Doran, 36, was survived by his wife.
• Sgt. Peletiah Jenks was walking his beat on Biddle Street on Oct. 8, 1883, when he saw a large crowd gathered and shouting. He saw a woman standing in the middle, angry and brandishing a pistol. As Jenks walked up behind her and grabbed her arm, she fired at him at point-blank range, killing him. Jenks, who wore badge No. 8, had been with the force since 1868. He was survived by his wife and several children.
• Officer Louis H. Wilmers had been given information that railroad worker Louis Crabtree was carrying a gun, so he approached him on Aug. 25, 1890 and tried to arrest him. Crabtree shot the officer in the back, paralyzing him from the waist down. Wilmers died 11 days later, on Sept. 4, 1890.
• Officer James Brady was shot to death in Stark's Saloon as he came to the aid of another officer under attack as he tried to get a crowd to disperse. Brady's assailant, Harrison Duncan, was convicted of the officer's murder and hanged in 1894.
• Officer Lee Boone was riding his horse on patrol along Louisiana Avenue when he saw a prowler and ordered him to come forward. The prowler instead shot at Boone, striking him in the wrist. He died of blood poisoning from the gunshot wound less than a week later, on May 16, 1893.
• Sgt. Michael Gannon was struck by a train on the Missouri Pacific Tracks at the Ewing Avenue crossing on Aug. 2, 1894. He died the next day. He was survived by his wife, who was killed at the same spot by a train 11 years later.
• Officer Nicholas Hunt was shot and killed while responding to a store robbery on Nov. 15, 1897, with another officer. His killer, William C. Thornton, was a career criminal who had served time in prison in Washington state prior to killing Hunt.
Killed in line of duty in 1860s-1870s
• Sgt. John Sturdy was attacked and beaten on March 29, 1863, by two men who were friends with a man he had just arrested. He was taken to his home to recover after getting medicare care but he died on April 10, 1863. His death was the first time a member of the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department died in the performance of duty. He left a wife and three children.
• Officer John Skinner was shot to death June 16, 1868, at 14th Street Depot by a drunken Illinois man. The officer had been approached by the man and saw he was drunk, so Skinner told him to go home. Instead, the drunken man shot him.
• Officer John Cummings was attacked and beaten to death at bar in dispute over payment for drinks on Sept. 9, 1875. He died the following day.
• Officer John White was shot during a robbery of Wright's Pawn Shop, on Nov. 18, 1877.
• Officer Charles Printz was called to a home on June 1, 1879, where a man was threatening his sisters over an inheritance. When Printz, a 7-year veteran, arrived, a fight broke out and the man shot Printz in the chest. He was survived by a wife and several children.