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Private John Francis Dargus | Pennsylvania State Police, Pennsylvania Pennsylvania State Police, Pennsylvania

Private

John Francis Dargus

Pennsylvania State Police, Pennsylvania

End of Watch: Friday, May 31, 1918

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 21

Tour: 8 months

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Location: Ohio

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Private John Dargus was shot and killed by a suspect wanted for murder.

Private Dargus and other officers pursued the suspect across the state line into Mahoning County, Ohio. A gunfight resulted in which Private Dargus was shot twice and killed.

The suspect was captured in Birmingham, Alabama, on July 27, 1918, and returned to Pennsylvania a week later. He was convicted of Private Dargus' murder and sentenced to death on December 10, 1918. His sentence was later commuted to life.

Private Dargus had been with the agency for eight months and was survived by his father.

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A Hero in Heaven, always remembered and never forgotten.

Kim Weigand Mom of Sgt. Mike Weigand
PA C.O.P.S.
May 31, 2015

 

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