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Patrolman Peter Petynko | Newport Township Police Department, Pennsylvania Newport Township Police Department, Pennsylvania


Peter Petynko

Newport Township Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch: Monday, January 14, 1924

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 24

Tour: 1 week

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: sentenced 10-20 years

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Patrolman Peter Petynko was shot and killed in Alden, Pennsylvania, while attempting to arrest a man who had just shot at another man.

The subject and his friends had been become engaged in an argument while drinking moonshine and breaking windows out of houses in the area. The man remonstrated against what they were doing and was attacked by the friends.

The man then went home at 136 Gruver Street, obtained his revolver, and returned to the scene where he fired at one of the friends. The man he fired at ran from the scene and told Patrolman Petynko. When Patrolman Petynko located the subject and tried to arrest him he was shot once in the chest.

The subject then fled from the area and returned home, where he was arrested a short time later. He pleaded guilty to murdering Patrolman Petynko and was sentenced 10-20 years in prison.

Patrolman Petynko had only served with the Newport Township Police Department for one week. He was survived by his mother and two sisters.

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Patrolman Petynko,
On today, the 91st anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Newport Township.


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January 14, 2016


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