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Police Officer John Louis Briscoe | Stockton Police Department, California Stockton Police Department, California

Police Officer

John Louis Briscoe

Stockton Police Department, California

End of Watch: Monday, February 5, 1917

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 36

Tour: 5 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Executed

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Officer John Briscoe was shot and killed while escorting two transients to jail.

Officer Briscoe was working foot patrol in the downtown area when he received numerous complaints regarding a pair of panhandlers who were going from bar to bar harassing customers for drinks. When Officer Briscoe caught up with the pair they had been kicked out of the 49er Saloon across from the Police Station on El Dorado Street. He arrested the pair and escorted them across to the station. As they reached the steps to the Police Station one of the panhandlers broke away from Officer Briscoe's grasp and turned to face the officer with a revolver from his pocket and fired one shot into Officer Briscoe's chest. The pair ran as the officer staggered after them, firing three shots that missed the shooter.

Officer Briscoe had been with the Stockton Police Department for five years and was survived by his wife and four sons.

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One hundred years ago today, Officer John Briscoe gave his life to protect the citizens of Stockton. We are grateful for his sacrifice, and may he rest in peace.

Stan Jefferson
Citizen of Arizona
February 5, 2017


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