Patrolman Morgan E. Skidmore

Patrolman Morgan E. Skidmore

Pottsville Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Monday, April 16, 1928

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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I have a picture of Morgan Skidmore, son of George Shaw Skidmore and Gwenthelan Davis in the family archives I inherited. Gwenthelan is a sister of my great grandfather Hiram Smith Davies who was Chief of Police in Pottsville for many years.

Does anyone have information on Patrolman Morgan Skidmore's wife and children.

Rest in peace, Officer Skidmore.

Russel Davies

May 19, 2016

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