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Patrolman John F. Pittsburgh Police Department, Pennsylvania

Patrolman

John F. "Benjamin" Evans

Pittsburgh Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch: Thursday, August 6, 1885

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 31

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 8/4/1885

Weapon: Handgun; .44 caliber

Offender: Committed suicide in jail

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Patrolman Benjamin Evans succumbed to a gunshot wound sustained two days earlier while attempting to arrest a man he had just witnessed punch another man outside of a saloon on 6th Street, between Penn Avenue and Fort Dequesne Way.

When Officer Evans rushed to the suspect to arrest him he was shot once in the stomach. The suspect fought with another Officer at the scene and shot the other officer in the ear and then fled the scene to a nearby hotel. He was picked up 30 minutes later after a group of people who witnessed the shooting led other Pittsburgh Officers to him.

Officer Evans was taken to a nearby hospital and then to his home where he succumbed to his wounds on the evening of August 6.

The suspect was sentenced to death but committed suicide before the sentence was carried out.

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RIP BROTHER. May you be with GOD and may GOD be with your family.

Det. Russ Cain
Pittsburgh PD
December 19, 2014

 

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