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Patrolman Russell Theodore Swanson | Pennsylvania State Highway Patrol, Pennsylvania Pennsylvania State Highway Patrol, Pennsylvania


Russell Theodore Swanson

Pennsylvania State Highway Patrol, Pennsylvania

End of Watch: Friday, April 19, 1929

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 23

Tour: 1 year, 6 months

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 4/19/1929

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Suspect: Three sentenced to prison

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Patrolman Russell Swanson was shot and killed after stopping a vehicle to test its brakes. Unknown to Patrolman Swanson the vehicle was stolen and when the driver and two passengers could not prove they owned the car, Patrolman Swanson attempted to arrest the suspects. One suspect pulled a gun out and shot and killed Patrolman Swanson. All three suspects were later captured and sentence to long prison terms.

Patrolman Swanson had been with the agency for 18 months and was survived by his parents.

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Your heroism and service is honored today on the 83rd anniversary of your death. 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 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

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05
April 19, 2012


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