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Police Officer Patrick Stapleton | St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, Missouri St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, Missouri

Police Officer

Patrick Stapleton

St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, Missouri

End of Watch: Friday, May 26, 1922

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 42

Tour: 18 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Acquitted

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Officer Stapleton was shot and killed when he and his partner responded to a prowler call on Papin Street. As the officers searched the residence Officer Stapleton looked outside and observed man crouching between two sheds. He fired a shot at the man who then ran away. As the officers chased him they fired again, at which time the man returned fire, striking Officer Stapleton in the chest. The man was apprehended but claimed he didn't know he was firing at officers and acquitted of the charges.
Officer Stapleton had been with the agency for 18 years and was survived by his wife and 14-year-old daughter. His wife was appointed as a female detective after his death.

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Time may have passed but you are not forgotten. I believe as long as someone remembers you or speaks your name, you are still with us.
Thank you for your heroism.
God Bless

Detention Officer A.Zambito
May 26, 2015


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