Police Officer Andrew T. Peterson

Police Officer Andrew T. Peterson

Wilmington Police Department, Delaware

End of Watch Saturday, June 27, 1885

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Andrew T. Peterson

Police Officer Peterson was shot and killed after responding to reports of a domestic disturbance. A male subject had accused his wife of infidelity after becoming drunk. The man refused to let the woman into their home and began throwing stones at her.

When Officer Peterson arrived the man produced a revolver. Officer Peterson was shot in the abdomen when he stepped in front of the woman to protect her.

A group of bystanders attempted to subdue the suspect, who escaped after shooting into the crowd. The man was later apprehended. He was convicted of murder and sentenced to life. In 1895 he was pardoned by Governor Robert J. Reynolds.

Officer Peterson was survived by his wife and children.


  • Age 45
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; Revolver
  • Offender Pardoned in 1895


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Officer Peterson, on this 135th "anniversary" of your untimely departure, I'd like to reiterate something I said several years ago while visiting this site and leaving you a reflection. Your actions that day define a true hero and not only did you give your life to save another, you quite possibly saved several lives that day. You left an amazing legacy for the incredible men and women who currently serve on such an incredible police department today and please know that no passage of time will ever erase your service and sacrifice. Rest in peace always knowing that you will always be remembered.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

June 27, 2020

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