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Patrolman Joseph Lloyd Price | Louisville Police Department, Kentucky Louisville Police Department, Kentucky

Patrolman

Joseph Lloyd Price

Louisville Police Department, Kentucky

End of Watch: Wednesday, November 29, 1967

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 22

Tour: 1 month

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Patrolman Joseph Price was shot and killed and his partner was critically wounded after they were abducted at gunpoint.

The two officers had stopped two suspicious men at 34th and Pflanz Street for questioning. During the questioning, they realized that one of the suspects had a warrant out for his arrest. When they made the man sit in the patrol car, the suspect's brother pulled a revolver, disarmed the officers, and forced them to drive several blocks. When the vehicle approached Gilligan Street, the suspect opened fire killing Officer Price. His partner, shot in the back five times, managed to run to a nearby phone booth and call for help. The suspects were arrested a short time later.

Officer Price's killer was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to death. In 1973 his sentence was commuted to life and he was subsequently paroled six years later. His brother was convicted of aiding and abetting the murder and was sentenced to life.

Officer Price had served with the Louisville Police Department for only one month.

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It was today we got the call... just days after our family Thanksgiving, so many years ago. All the holidays, birthdays, special events in life we never shared because you didn't come home from that watch. Our prayers go out today to all the families of fallen officers. The loss is beyond comprehension. We'll see you later, BB.

Robert Price
Brother
November 29, 2014

 

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