Policeman William Slook

Policeman William Slook

Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Friday, January 14, 1927

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William Slook

Policeman William Slook was shot and killed after stopping a vehicle for driving without lights.

The vehicle initially did not stop and Policeman Slook jumped on the running board of a taxi to follow the car. The vehicle finally stopped at 16th Street and Callowhill Street. As Policeman Slook began to search the driver a passenger pulled a handgun from his coat and shot him.

The suspect was found guilty of murder and executed in the electric chair January 9, 1928.

Policeman Slook had been with the agency for 14 years. He was survived by his 11-year-old son.


  • Age 38
  • Tour 14 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Executed in 1928

traffic stop

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Officer Slook,
On today, the 91st anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Philadelphia. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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January 14, 2018

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