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Constable Peter J. Kromer | Pennsylvania State Constable - Washington County, Pennsylvania Pennsylvania State Constable - Washington County, Pennsylvania

Constable

Peter J. Kromer

Pennsylvania State Constable - Washington County, Pennsylvania

End of Watch: Tuesday, January 19, 1915

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 31

Tour: 1 month

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; Revolver

Offender: Arrested

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Constable Peter Kromer was shot and killed in New Eagle Borough while attempting to serve an assault warrant.

The warrant was the result of one brother assaulting another. Constable Kromer was approaching the victim's home in an attempt to get information about the suspect's whereabouts. He had walked onto the back porch when he was shot in the neck and leg. He was able to walk to a store across the street where he collapsed and died.

Four subjects were arrested by member of the Monongahela Police Department and held in connection with the murder. A grand jury failed to indict two of the subjects.

A fifth subject was arrested in July 1915 and charged with Constable Kromer's murder.

Constable Kromer had only served as a constable for six weeks. He was survived by his mother, four brothers, and four sisters.

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It's mind boggling that you were shot and killed while approaching the VICTIM'S residence. Though the accompanying article does not say what relation these men had to the incident nor what the outcome was with their cases, I can only hope true justice was found for them.

One Hundred and one years have passed and you have not been forgotten.

God Bless and may your eternal rest be ever peaceful, Brother.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Dept.
January 19, 2017

 

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