Lieutenant Sidney E. Sears

Lieutenant Sidney E. Sears

St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, Missouri

End of Watch Sunday, June 22, 1924

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Sidney E. Sears

Lieutenant Sidney Sears was shot and killed after he and two special officers responded to a disturbance call near Fourteenth Street and Papin Street.

When they arrived Lieutenant Sears remained in the patrol car as the two officers went inside. After hearing shots fired the officers ran out of the house and located Lieutenant Sears in the vehicle with six gunshot wounds. The suspect was apprehended nearby and stated he had shot Lieutenant Sears when he ordered him to stop.

The suspect was apprehended and sentenced to be hanged. He was granted a new trial and sentenced to life in 1928. He was paroled in 1941.

Lieutenant Sears had been with the agency for 34 years and was survived by his wife and son. He was a nationally recognized marksman.


  • Age 57
  • Tour 34 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .32 caliber
  • Offender Paroled in 1941

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Lt. Sears,
On today, the 100th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of St. Louis.

BPA Mike Casey
United States Border Patrol(Retired)

June 22, 2024

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