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Officer Edwin J. Osgood | San Francisco Police Department, California San Francisco Police Department, California

Officer

Edwin J. Osgood

San Francisco Police Department, California

End of Watch: Friday, December 17, 1886

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 52

Tour: 8 years

Badge # 169

Cause: Stabbed

Incident Date: 12/13/1886

Weapon: Edged weapon; Knife

Offender: Never identified

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Officer Edwin Osgood was fatally stabbed by a suspect that approached him to report a larceny.

While patrolling his beat, Officer Osgood was approached by a man at the corner of Pacific Avenue and Dupont Avenue (modern day Grant Avenue) at approximately 3:15 am. The man reported that his watch had been taken from him at a low den and he wanted Officer Osgood's assistance in retrieving it. Officer Osgood explained to the man that making a search for such a small article would be useless at that hour and referred the man to the chief's office where he could make a report in the morning.

The man left and crossed the street, but returned a few moments later and suddenly stabbed Officer Osgood in neck and fled.

Officer Osgood tried to sound his whistle, but because of his wound, he was unable to. A passing citizen sounded the whistle, alerting other officers who responded and removed Officer Osgood to the hospital. He succumbed to his wounds four days later.

The subject who stabbed him was never identified.

Officer Osgood had served with the San Francisco Police Department for eight years. He was survived by his wife, two sons, and a daughter, and he is buried at Odd Fellows Cemetery in Fresno, California.

In 1902 Officer Osgood's photograph was installed at the San Francisco Police Headquarters, along with four other officers killed in the line of duty, where it was displayed until the California earthquake of 1906 when all of the portraits were lost.

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The Odd Fellows Graves were later reburied in Greenlawn Memorial Park Cemetery, Colma California. In October 1888 a Sea Captain reported to the SFPD that one of his seaman claimed to have killed officer; years later In Febuary 1902 the SFPD admitted the investigation had not been completed because there was no money available for extradition

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October 15, 2017

 

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