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Chief of Police William Cunningham | Glen Campbell Borough Police Department, Pennsylvania Glen Campbell Borough Police Department, Pennsylvania

Chief of Police

William Cunningham

Glen Campbell Borough Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch: Tuesday, May 10, 1898

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 31

Tour: 3 months

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Committed suicide

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Chief of Police William Cunningham was shot and killed while attempting to arrest a drunk man who was causing a disturbance in the streets. The subject had come out of a saloon and fired his gun in the air, drawing the attention of Chief Cunningham.

He walked over to arrest the subject in front of the Commercial Hotel and placed his arm on the man's shoulder. The man suddenly turned and shot him in the chest, killing him. The man then fled and shot a passerby in the hand before committing suicide.

Chief Cunningham had served with the Glen Campbell Borough Police Department for only three months. He was survived by his wife and one child.

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Thank you for your Service Sir.

Pat Van Den Berghe
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May 10, 2017

 

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