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Police Officer Joseph Allen Coghill | Dormont Borough Police Department, Pennsylvania Dormont Borough Police Department, Pennsylvania

Police Officer

Joseph Allen Coghill

Dormont Borough Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch: Sunday, December 25, 1921

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 27

Tour: 2 years

Badge # Not available

Military veteran

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; Revolver

Offender: Died in prison

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Officer Coghill was shot and killed after he and another officer arrested two men suspected of being involved in a burglary. The two men were placed in a patrol wagon to be taken to jail. One of the men drew a concealed revolver and fired three shots. Officer Coghill was fatally wounded and the other officer was grazed by a round.

The suspect was sentenced to death but the sentence was later commuted to life in prison. He was died in prison when he was accidentally crushed by a service truck at the prison's loading dock.

Officer Coghill was a US Army veteran of WWI. He had served in law enforcement for two years and was survived by his wife.

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A Hero now in Heaven, Always remembered and Never forgotten.

Kim Weigand Mom of Sgt. Mike Weigand
PA C.O.P.S.
December 26, 2014

 

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