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Sergeant Walter Allen Powell | Oil City Police Department, Pennsylvania Oil City Police Department, Pennsylvania


Walter Allen Powell

Oil City Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch: Wednesday, October 24, 1928

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 39

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 6/18/1928

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Sentenced to five years

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Sergeant Walter Powell succumbed to gunshot wounds sustained four months earlier when he was shot by a prisoner inside of the city jail.

The prisoner's wife had smuggled a handgun to him during a visit. The man then called Sergeant Powell over to the cell and shot him after the door was opened. He escaped from the jail but was recaptured several weeks later.

The man was sentenced to five years in prison for assault with intent to kill and escape prior to Sergeant Powell's death.

Sergeant Powell was survived by his wife and adopted daughter.

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Sgt. Powell,
Sir, it has taken over 85 years but you are finally being honored. I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Oil City. It sickens me that your murderer was only sentenced to five years in prison.


United States Border Patrol
June 26, 2014


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