Sergeant George Barstad

Sergeant George Barstad

Detroit Police Department, Michigan

End of Watch Monday, June 25, 1928

George Barstad

Sergeant Barstad was shot and killed when he walked in on an armed robbery at the Detroit News business office. One of six men armed with sawed-off shotguns shot Sergeant Barstad as they held 100 news workers at bay while the cashier's cage was ramsacked. All the suspects escaped.

The suspect who killed Sergeant Barstad was the leader of the other five. He 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 payroll guard he had killed in Pittsburgh on December 23, 1925, and sentenced to death. On August 18, 1927, he and another death row inmate shot their way out of the Allegheny County Jail in Pittsburgh. Jawarski and a gang he developed were responsible for several hold-ups and murders from the time he escaped until September 13, 1928, when he was captured after being shot and seriously wounded by police in a restaurant in Cleveland, Ohio. During his capture he shot and fatally wounded Patrolman Anthony Wieczorek and Patrolman George E. Effinger of the Cleveland Police Department.

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


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Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender Executed in 1929

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Time may have passed but you are not forgotten. I believe as long as someone remembers you or speaks your name, you are still with us.
Thank you for your heroism.
GOD Bless

Detention Officer A.Zambito

June 25, 2015

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