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Corrections Officer John Taylor Coax | Pennsylvania Department of Corrections, Pennsylvania Pennsylvania Department of Corrections, Pennsylvania

Corrections Officer

John Taylor Coax

Pennsylvania Department of Corrections, Pennsylvania

End of Watch: Monday, February 11, 1924

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 29

Tour: 2 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Officer's weapon

Offender: Executed in 1926

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Officer Coax and Deputy Warden John Pieper were shot and killed during an attempted prison escape at Western Penitentiary (modern-day SCI Pittsburgh). The escape attempt started when a gas main exploded near the prison's front gates. In the ensuing panic of the prisoners fleeing towards the prison's yard a guard was disarmed. The inmates used the weapon to shoot and killed Deputy Warden Pieper and Officer Coax.

Local police and deputies responded to the prison and were able to prevent the escape and assisted with bringing the situation under control. Five inmates were charged with first degree murder. Two were acquitted. Each of the other three were convicted of two counts of first degree murder. One received the death penalty and was executed December 27, 1926.

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Deputy Warden John August Pieper
Pennsylvania Department of Corrections, Pennsylvania
End of Watch: Monday, February 11, 1924
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Rip correction officer coax you are a true hero you are not forgotten thank you for your service.

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