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Police Officer August E.  Labenz | Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania

Police Officer

August E. Labenz

Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch: Thursday, September 15, 1932

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 30

Tour: 3 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 9/8/1932

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Committed suicide

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Police Officer August Labenz succumbed to a gunshot wound sustained one week earlier while attempting to stop a man who began shooting into a crowd of spectators at the intersection of 9th Street and Market Street.

The spectators were listening to a street preacher when the man opened fire without warning. Officer Labenz, who was patrolling nearby, was shot as he ran towards the subject. Two citizens were also shot.

A group of bystanders began chasing the subject who then committed suicide.

Officer Labenz was survived by his wife.

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Officer Labenz,
On today, the 83rd anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Philadelphia. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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September 15, 2015


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