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Patrolman Olin J. Wait | Reading Police Department, Pennsylvania Reading Police Department, Pennsylvania

Patrolman

Olin J. Wait

Reading Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch: Saturday, September 2, 1972

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 24

Tour: 2 years

Badge # Not available

Military veteran

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 6/9/1972

Weapon: Handgun; .38 caliber

Offender: Committed suicide

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Patrolman Wait succumbed to a gunshot wound sustained two months earlier while providing security at a local event.

Patrolman Wait and two other officers were guarding the grounds of the Reading Air Show when a off duty officer opened fire on him without warning for unknown reasons. The suspect then opened fire on another officer before fatally shooting himself in the chest.

The off duty officer was attending the air show with his wife and child when he opened fire.

Patrolman Wait was a U.S Army veteran and had served with the Reading Police Department for two years. He was survived by his wife and son.

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To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 41rst anniversary year of your death. I am privileged to leave a tribute to you. 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 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 Lasater
mom of fallen Pittsburg (CA) officer Larry Lasater
August 15, 2013

 

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