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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

Incident Date: 5/26/1922

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Suspect: 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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Officer Stapleton,
On today, the 86th anniversary of your murder, I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of St. Louis. I think it was a travesty of justice that your murderer was acquitted.

R.I.P.
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May 26, 2008

 

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