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Patrolman Edward Riebsamen | Wilkes-Barre Police Department, Pennsylvania Wilkes-Barre Police Department, Pennsylvania


Edward Riebsamen

Wilkes-Barre Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch: Thursday, April 29, 1875

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 38

Tour: 3 years, 4 months

Badge # 10

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Shotgun

Offender: Not available

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Patrolman Edward Riebsamen was shot and killed while assisting a constable and a Luzerne County sheriff's deputy serve eviction papers at a home that had just been sold in a sheriff's sale. The home was located in a settlement known as Poke Hollow, in Larksville.

The constable and deputy had requested assistance from the Wilkes-Barre Police Department after encountering resistance from the family in the home the previous day. Patrolman Riebsamen was sent with the officers to assist them with evicting the family.

As the officers entered the yard upon returning with Officer Riebsamen, the family attacked them again and starting throwing items at them. When Patrolman Riebsamen attempted to arrest one of the female family members two of her brothers opened fire with shotguns from the second floor window, striking him in the head and killing him instantly.

Patrolman Riebsamen had served with the Wilkes-Barre Police Department for three years. He was survived by his wife and several children.

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Patrolman Riebsamen,
On today, the 141st anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Wilkes-Barre.


United States Border Patrol
April 29, 2016


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