Patrolman George H. Shearer

Patrolman George H. Shearer

Pittsburgh Bureau of Police, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Tuesday, May 12, 1914

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George H. Shearer

Patrolman George Shearer was shot and killed while responding to a large disturbance at a wedding party near the intersection of Second Avenue and Vespucius Street.

Patrolman Shearer, who was walking his beat, heard the commotion and went to the building with two other officers. Several of the drunken guests attempted to hold the doors shut to prevent Patrolman Shearer from entering, however, he was able to force his way in. As he made it to the top of the stairs he was shot in the chest with one of the revolvers taken from the other policemen.

Patrolman Shearer had served with the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police for 12 years. and was assigned to the Hazelwood Police Station, present-day Zone 4 Police Station Oakland. He was survived by his two children, his mother, three brothers, and four sisters.

One of Patrolman Shearer's great-grandsons, Detective Robert Clark, was shot and killed in the line of duty on July 1st, 1998, while serving with the Cleveland, Ohio, Police Department.


  • Age 41
  • Tour 12 years
  • Badge 545

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Acquitted


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Patrolman Shearer,
On today, the 110th 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.

BPA Mike Casey
United States Border Patrol(Retired)

May 12, 2024

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