Detective Sergeant Samuel Coppedge

Detective Sergeant Samuel Coppedge

East St. Louis Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Sunday, July 1, 1917

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Samuel Coppedge

Detective Sergeant Samuel Coppedge and Detective Frank Wadley were shot and killed during a race riot.

Earlier in the day a car occupied by white males had driven through a black area of the city and fired several shots randomly into a group of citizens. An hour later the detectives were driving through the same area and were mistaken for the original suspects. Several citizens opened fire on their car, killing both detectives.

The shootings sparked a massive race riot in the city.

Detective Coppedge was survived by his wife and is buried at Saint James Cemetery in Saint James, Missouri.


  • Age 45
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Not available

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Time may have passed but you are not forgotten. I believe as long as someone remembers you or speaks your name, you are still with us.
Thank you for your heroism.
GOD Bless

Detention Officer A.Zambito

July 4, 2015

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