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Patrolman Francis J. Graham | University City Police Department, Missouri University City Police Department, Missouri

Patrolman

Francis J. Graham

University City Police Department, Missouri

End of Watch: Sunday, February 22, 1976

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 42

Tour: 7 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Shotgun

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Patrolman Francis Graham was shot and killed and his partner was seriously wounded when they responded to a domestic disturbance involving a man and his wife on Canton Avenue. The man opened fire with a shotgun as the officers were talking to his wife inside their home.

The suspect was convicted of second degree murder and sentenced to life on July 30th, 1977.

Patrolman Graham had served with the University City Police Department for seven years. He is survived by his wife and five children.

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I passed by that house on Canton Avenue a few days ago. I go by there once a year or so. Not because Officer Graham died there, but because I grew up in the house next door. I had grown up, served four years in the Air Force and returned home. I was married in 1972 so I was gone. I can't remember if my Mom still lived their in 1976 or not. I was happy when I visited Canton Ave. a few days ago. My old house is finally being renovated. It's been run down for several years. And then I always stop and look at "That House." and wonder why did this happen? So very sad even after 41 years. RIP Officer Graham. You are still thought well of by people who didn't even know you.

Jay Emmer
The house next door
December 8, 2017

 

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