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Officer Elmer A. Swanson | Metropolitan Police Department, District of Columbia Metropolitan Police Department, District of Columbia


Elmer A. Swanson

Metropolitan Police Department, District of Columbia

End of Watch: Tuesday, July 5, 1932

Bio & Incident Details

Age: Not available

Tour: 3 months

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Apprehended

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Officer Elmer Swanson was shot and killed while responding to a home at 508 First Street, SE, where a deranged man was firing a gun.

During the incident over 100 rounds were fired by the suspect from the home. Over 500 policemen and U.S. Marines responded to the incident and engaged in the shootout. At one point the suspect ran from the home when it was filled with tear gas and opened fire, striking Officer Swanson in the head. Officer Swanson was taken to Providence Hospital where he succumbed to the wound.

The man ran back into the home without being struck by the return fire. The man was eventually apprehended after being wounded in the arm. After being arrested he stated he only wanted to have some fun. He was indicted for first degree murder and found insane.

Officer Swanson had served with the Metropolitan Police Department for only three months and was assigned to the Ninth Precinct. He was survived by his wife. He is buried in Cedar Hill Cemetery, Suitland, Maryland.

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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

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July 13, 2015


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