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

State Trooper

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: Sentenced to 10 to 20 years

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State Trooper Russell Swanson was shot and killed after stopping a vehicle to test its brakes. Unknown to State Trooper 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 State Trooper Swanson.

All three suspects were later captured by state troopers. The shooter was convicted of second degree murder and sentenced to 10 to 20 years. Another was convicted of second degree murder and sentenced to 5 to 12 years. He was paroled on March 16, 1935. The third suspect was convicted of voluntary manslaughter and sentenced 5 to 10 years. He was paroled on April 20, 1934.

State Trooper 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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