Police Officer Patrick J. Wallace, Jr.

Police Officer Patrick J. Wallace, Jr.

Pittsburgh Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Wednesday, July 3, 1974

Patrick J. Wallace, Jr.

Officer Patrick Wallace was shot and killed while attempting to arrest a suspect on an outstanding warrant near the intersection of Fargo Street and Singer Place.

Officer Wallace and his partner were on patrol in the Brushton area of Pittsburgh and were attempting to arrest a suspect for failure to appear in court. The suspect fled before they could arrest him and a foot chase ensued. As the officers followed the suspect, a second suspect, crouched behind a parked car, fired at Officer Wallace as he ran past striking him in the back and killing him. The other officer returned fire, missing both suspects. The two suspects fled the scene.

The gunman, an escapee from Western Penitentiary, was captured in Pittsburg two months later. He was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to death March 28, 1975. His sentence was later commuted to life.

Officer Wallace was a U.S. Army veteran. He was assigned to the 5th Zone and had been with the agency for five years. He was survived by his wife, daughter, and parents.


  • Age 32
  • Tour 5 years, 4 months
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to life

ambushed, foot pursuit

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I attended school at Holy Rosary and Central Catholic with Pat. I remember him as a gentle and considerate young man. May his soul Rest In Peace

Robert Michael McAvoy
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October 1, 2017

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