Private August Perault Pierce

Private August Perault Pierce

Alexandria Police Department, Virginia

End of Watch Sunday, September 7, 1930

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August Perault Pierce

Private August Pierce was shot and killed by a robbery suspect along the Alexandria-Washington Highway near Four Mile Run.

He spotted a 17-year-old juvenile wanted for six robberies in the area and confronted him near the Potomac Yard car barn. A struggle ensued in which the boy drew a .32 caliber handgun and shot Private Pierce multiple times.

Despite being mortally wounded, he was able to return fire and fatally wounded the subject.

Private Pierce had only served with the Alexandria Police Department for nine months. He was survived by his wife. He was buried in Arlington National Cemetery.


  • Age 32
  • Tour 9 months
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .32 caliber
  • Offender Shot and killed

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Pvt. Pierce,
On today, the 90th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Alexandria.


United States Border Patrol

September 7, 2020

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