Police Officer Robert Lee Albert

Police Officer Robert Lee Albert

Atlanta Police Department, Georgia

End of Watch Saturday, July 17, 1897

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Robert Lee Albert

Police Officer Robert Albert succumbed to a gunshot wound sustained four days earlier while attempting to question two suspicious men on Broad Street. When he asked what the men were doing they responded by saying "none of your business." The two then began walking down a set of stairs to a railroad yard. As Officer Albert followed them one of them turned and opened fire, striking the officer.

Despite being mortally wounded, he returned fire five times but did not strike the suspects.

Officer Albert was taken to Grady Hospital where he remained in very serious condition until succumbing to his wounds.

The gunman was arrested and convicted of Officer Albert's murder. He was awarded a new trial by special order of the court and released.

Officer Albert had served with the Atlanta Police Department for four years. He was survived by his wife and young daughter.


  • Age 26
  • Tour 4 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Tuesday, July 13, 1897
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Acquitted

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Officer Albert,
On today, the 125th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Atlanta. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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July 17, 2022

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