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Policeman John Merget | Pennsylvania Coal and Iron Police Department, Pennsylvania Pennsylvania Coal and Iron Police Department, Pennsylvania


John Merget

Pennsylvania Coal and Iron Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch: Wednesday, March 16, 1892

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 51

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Military veteran

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Convicted of murder

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Policeman John Merget was shot and killed in a shootout with three tramps whom he another officer were attempting to arrest as they stole items from a boxcar near Tamaqua Borough, Pennsylvania.

The men had fled from Barnesville after being caught breaking into several homes and businesses. Barnesvile officials notified officers in Tamaqua that the men were heading towards that town. Policeman Merget and another officer started walking the railroad tracks towards Barnesville when they encountered the men in the boxcar near the freight depot.

The subject opened fire on the officers, killing Policeman Merget. They fled the scene but were captured by a posse the following day. Two of the men were convicted of second degree murder.

Policeman Merget was a Union Army veteran of the Civil War.

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Officer Merget,
On today, the 125th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just as a LEO but for our Country as well when you you served in the Union Army during the Civil War.


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March 17, 2017


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