Patrol Officer Frank C. Skidmore

Patrol Officer Frank C. Skidmore

New Castle Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Wednesday, August 17, 1904

Frank C. Skidmore

Officer Frank Skidmore was shot and killed as he and another officer attempted to arrest a suspect for the theft of some chickens. As they arrived at the man's house and informed him he was to be placed under arrest he opened fire killing Officer Skidmore and seriously wounding the his partner.

The suspect was apprehended nearly nine months later and convicted of manslaughter; he was released in 1911 and given a full pardon in 1914.

Officer Skidmore had been with the agency for only six weeks and was the first officer of the agency killed in the line of duty. He was survived by his wife and child.


  • Age 32
  • Tour 1 month
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Paroled in 1913

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 106th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

August 17, 2010

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