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Private August Perault Pierce | Alexandria Police Department, Virginia Alexandria Police Department, Virginia


August Perault Pierce

Alexandria Police Department, Virginia

End of Watch: Sunday, September 7, 1930

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 32

Tour: 9 months

Badge # Not available

Military veteran

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; .32 caliber

Offender: Shot and killed

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Private August Pierce was shot and killed by a robbery suspect along the Alexandria-Washington Highway near Four Mile Run.

He spotted a 17-year-old juvenile wanted for six robberies in the area and confronted him near the Potomac Yard car barn. A struggle ensued in which the boy drew a .32 caliber handgun and shot Private Pierce multiple times.

Despite being mortally wounded, he was able to return fire and fatally wounded the subject.

Private Pierce had only served with the Alexandria Police Department for nine months. He was survived by his wife. He was buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

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Pvt. Pierce,
On today, the 86th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Alexandia.


United States Border Patrol
September 7, 2016


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