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Constable Paul John Kisselbach | St. Clair County Sheriff's Department, Illinois St. Clair County Sheriff's Department, Illinois

Constable

Paul John Kisselbach

St. Clair County Sheriff's Department, Illinois

End of Watch: Saturday, September 10, 1949

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 37

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; .38 caliber

Offender: Sentenced to 99 years

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Constable Paul Kisselbach and Constable William Mason were shot after responding to a man with a gun call at a tavern in the 4100 block of Trendley Avenue.

While investigating an unrelated stabbing in the area which occurred an hour earlier, the constables were called to the tavern at 3:30 am where a man had been brandishing a gun. Upon their arrival, the suspect began shooting, striking all three constables with a .38-caliber revolver before fleeing.

The constables were transported to St. Mary's Hospital where Constable Kisselbach, who was shot in the head, succumbed to his wound. Constable Mason, who was shot in the abdomen, died of his wounds six days later. The third constable survived his injuries.

The suspect was later apprehended, convicted of murder, and sentenced to 99 years.

Constable Kisselbach had served as a constable in Centreville Township. He was survived by his wife.

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Constable William Graham "Scotty" Mason
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End of Watch: Friday, September 16, 1949
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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 64th anniversary year of your death. I am priviliged to be among the first 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. Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05
May 15, 2013

 

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