Patrolman John Leslie Scott

Patrolman John Leslie Scott

Pittsburgh Bureau of Police, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Wednesday, October 14, 1970

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John Leslie Scott

Patrolman John Scott was killed by a gunshot to the chest when a fellow officer’s service revolver accidentally discharged inside the squad room of the Zone 1 Police Station on the North Side.

He was transported to Allegheny General Hospital where he succumbed to the wound.

On November 20, a Grand Jury cleared the fellow of officer of Manslaughter charge and the shooting was ruled accidental.

Patrolman Scott was a U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War and had served with the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police for one year. He was survived by his wife, two sons, parents, two sisters, and one brother. He was assigned to Zone 1 North Side Police Station.


  • Age 25
  • Tour 1 year, 1 month
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Tuesday, October 13, 1970
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Not available

accidental discharge

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Patrolman Scott,
On today, the 50th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Pittsburgh. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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October 14, 2020

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