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Police Officer John Wiggins | Allegheny City Police Department, Pennsylvania Allegheny City Police Department, Pennsylvania

Police Officer

John Wiggins

Allegheny City Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch: Tuesday, November 9, 1880

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 38

Tour: 2 years, 10 months

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; Revolver

Offender: Arrested

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Policeman John Wiggins was shot and killed on Ohio Street, near Union Avenue, while he and another officer were escorting two prisoners to jail.

The officers had arrested the two for fighting outside of a saloon. As the group walked along Ohio Street one of the prisoners started yelling at the other, then pulled a revolver from his pocket, and shot Policeman Wiggins in the face.

Officer Wiggins' partner pursued the subject and arrested him several blocks away.

Policeman Wiggins had served with the Allegheny City Police Department for three years. He was survived by his wife, two children, father, and siblings.

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Officer Wiggins,
On today, the 135th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Allegheny City.


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November 9, 2015


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