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Special Policeman T. Edgar Rice | Pennsylvania Coal and Iron Police Department, Pennsylvania Pennsylvania Coal and Iron Police Department, Pennsylvania

Special Policeman

T. Edgar Rice

Pennsylvania Coal and Iron Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch: Saturday, August 12, 1911

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 42

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Lynched

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Special Policeman Edgar Rice was shot and killed along Doe Run Road while investigating the sounds of gunfire near the Worth Brothers Steel Mill outside of Coatesville, Pennsylvania.

A steel company worker had become drunk during the day and fired several shots as a warning to other men as he attempted to get home. Policeman Rice located the man and attempted to arrest him, but the man was able to shoot him twice.

The subject fled the scene but was located by a posse a short time later. The shot himself in the head in an attempt to commit suicide, but only injured himself. He was taken to Coatesville Hospital where an angry mob forcibly removed him and lynched him.

Special Policeman Rice had previously served with the Coatesville Police Department. He was survived by his wife and five children.

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It can be reasonably argued that justice was not done by lynching your murderer. He had no trial and his death did not bring you back.

And though the act was wrong, the sentiment behind it can be understood. He took what must have been a good man away from a wife and five children, and for what?

Justice may have been done in this world, but not in the right way. Regardless however, your sacrifice cannot be overlooked.

God Bless and may you forever Rest in Peace, Brother.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Dept.
September 7, 2016

 

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