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Corporal John Severin Valent | Pennsylvania State Police, Pennsylvania Pennsylvania State Police, Pennsylvania


John Severin Valent

Pennsylvania State Police, Pennsylvania

End of Watch: Thursday, December 9, 1971

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 49

Tour: 25 years, 10 months

Badge # 1003

Military veteran

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: One shot and killed

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Corporal Valent was shot and killed while transporting three suspects to Lewistown Station after stopping them. The three had no identification and claimed to be from out of state. While driving to the station, only a quarter mile from where he stopped them, one of the three shot him in the back of the head. One of the suspects was shot and killed the following day and the other two were arrested and charged with Corporal Valent's murder. The two served ten years under a plea bargain.

Corporal Valent was a U.S Navy veteran of World War II and had served with the Pennsylvania State Police for 25 years. He was survived by his wife and three children.

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Thank You for your service to our Commonwealth, Corporal. You will never, ever be forgotten. Also, Thank You for setting the example for the rest of us to follow with PSP. Your family should be very proud of you, which I'm sure they are.

PA State Police
December 9, 2015


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