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Police Officer Albert R. Siko | St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, Missouri St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, Missouri

Police Officer

Albert R. Siko

St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, Missouri

End of Watch: Tuesday, May 1, 1934

Bio & Incident Details

Age: Not available

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 4/30/1934

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Officer Siko succumbed two wounds received two days earlier while attempting to arrest a robbery suspect. He had just gotten off duty and was waiting for a streetcar when a citizen alerted him to a streetcar robbery taking place one block away.

Officer Siko rushed to the scene and observed the suspect fleeing. As he chased the suspect the man turned and shot Officer Siko in the face. The man then shot Officer Siko three more times as he lay on the ground. After the man fled Officer Siko was able to crawl to a call box and summon help. The suspect was arrested the next day and positively identified by Officer Siko in the hospital before he succumbed to his wounds.

The suspect was convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison. He told prison officials that even though Officer Siko identified him that he was innocent. He said he admitted to the shooting because police told him that he would hang if he did not. A few weeks later a man was arrested with Officer Siko's service revolver in his pocket. He admitted killing Officer Siko, was convicted of his murder, and sentenced to life in prison on October 13, 1934. The other suspect was released.

Officer Siko was survived by his wife and two small sons.

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To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 79th anniversary year of your death. I am priviliged to be among the first to leave a tribute to you. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered. Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05
May 6, 2013


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