Patrolman Anthony Wieczorek

Patrolman Anthony Wieczorek

Cleveland Division of Police, Ohio

End of Watch Thursday, September 13, 1928

Anthony Wieczorek

Patrolman Wieczorek was shot and killed when he and four other officers went to a restaurant on East 55th Street to arrest a Pennsylvania prison escapee. A customer had recognized the suspect and called police. When they arrived they approached the suspect with their guns holstered in order to not incite a shooting match. The suspect, however, opened fire, striking Patrolman Wieczorek four times and striking Patrolman George Effinger once. Patrolman Wieczorek was taken to a local hospital where he succumbed to his wounds. Patrolman Effinger succumbed to his wound on March 20, 1933.

The suspect, who had been shot and wounded during the incident, was apprehended. The suspect was Paul Jawarski, Pennsylvania's most notorious gangster, leader of the "Flathead Gang", responsible for hold-ups in various parts of the country. Jawarski boasted that he had killed as many as 26 men.

In 1927 Jawarski was convicted of the murder of a pay roll guard he killed in Pittsburgh on December 23, 1925, and sentenced to death. On August 18, 1927, he and another death row inmate shot there way out of the Allegheny County Jail in Pittsburgh. Jawarski and a gang he developed were responsible for several hold-ups and murders until his capture. On June 25, 1928, he shot and killed Sergeant George Barstad of the Detroit Police Department during a hold-up of the Detroit News business office.

Paul Jawarski recovered from his wounds and was returned to Pennsylvania where he was executed in the eletric chair on January 20, 1929.

Patrolman Wieczorek had served with the agency for 4 years.

Bio

  • Age 32
  • Tour 4 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Executed in 1929

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NEVER FORGET! On behalf of the Westerville, Ohio Division of Police, we honor the dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice of Patrolman Anthony Wieczorek of the Cleveland Division of Police, Ohio and the additional 71 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Chief Joe Morbitzer
Westerville, Ohio Division of Police

September 13, 2018

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