Constable George E. Peeso

Constable George E. Peeso

Sterling Police Department, Massachusetts

End of Watch Friday, September 19, 1919

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George E. Peeso

Constable George Peeso was shot and killed by a man he was trying to arrest for causing a disturbance at the Sterling Inn at 240 Worcester Road.

Three men had come to the inn and created a disturbance, prompting the proprietor to kick them out. When the man returned the proprietor called Constable Peeso.

When Constable Peeso arrived all three men ran from the scene. He caught one of the men and arrested him. He saw a second man standing nearby on Main Street and attempted to arrest him as well. As he placed handcuffs on one of the man's wrists the man pulled out a revolver and shot him in the chest three times, killing him.

The son of another constable witnessed the shooting and shot at the man as he fled. The was arrested several days later and charged with manslaughter. The man was acquitted after claiming that he believed that Constable Peeso was attempting to rob him.

Constable Peeso was survived by his wife and four children.


  • Age 37
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Acquitted

disorderly, arrest

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Constable Peeso, it has been 104 years since you were taken from us. New England law enforcement has continued to thrive, learn and become safer due to the traditions and sacrifices you, your family, and many others have made for us. Thank you for your law enforcement service.

Chief (Ret) Steven Marshall
Georges Mills, NH

September 20, 2023

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