Sergeant Harry W. Oebels

Sergeant Harry W. Oebels

St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, Missouri

End of Watch Friday, July 8, 1966

Harry W. Oebels

Sergeant Oebels was shot and killed when he intervened in a robbery at a pharmacy on Bayless Street in St. Louis County. He had gone to the pharmacy to pick up his wife from work when two men entered and announced a holdup. When the two men ordered Sergeant Oebels to come closer, he drew his revolver and exchanged shots with the suspects. He was fatally wounded in the exchange of shots. One of his shots struck one of the suspects in the buttocks.

Two years later, the suspect was taken into custody on an unrelated charge. He underwent surgery to have the slug removed because of pain. The slug was held as evidence and linked the man to Sergeant Oebel's murder. The suspect was sentenced to death, but had the sentence commuted to life in prison.

Sergeant Oebels had been with the agency for 18 years and was survived by his wife.

Bio

  • Age 48
  • Tour 18 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .45 caliber
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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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
Texas

July 15, 2015

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