Patrolman Morgan E. Skidmore

Patrolman Morgan E. Skidmore

Pottsville Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Monday, April 16, 1928

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Morgan E. Skidmore

Patrolman Skidmore was shot and killed while attempting to arrest a juvenile boy suspected of stealing chickens. Patrolman Skidmore had followed the boy to his home. When he entered the home the boy's mother confronted him and told him the boy wasn't home.

When Patrolman Skidmore turned to leave the boy appeared and shot him in the back, killing him.

The boy was convicted of Patrolman Skidmore's murder. He was sent to prison, served his time, and was released.

Patrolman Skidmore had served with the agency for 14 years. He was survived by his wife and child.


  • Age 50
  • Tour 14 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Completed his sentence

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My grandfather was Joseph James Skidmore. Morgan was his brother. My father was Joseph P. Skidmore.

My father, though only about 20 at the time of Morgan’s death, described fondly to me, many decades later, his memory of Morgan.

I would be interested in a photo of Morgan if someone has one to share.

May his memory and service not be forgotten.

Dave Skidmore
Great Nephew

April 8, 2018

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