Patrolman Louis G. Spencer

Patrolman Louis G. Spencer

Pittsburgh Bureau of Police, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Tuesday, December 24, 1946

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Louis G. Spencer

Patrolman Louis Spencer was killed near his home on Christmas Eve while pursuing an unidentified gunman.

Patrolman Spencer, off-duty at the time, ran from his home on Erin Street when he heard gunshots and found an armed man shooting through the window of a neighbor. Although he was not in uniform, Patrolman Spencer pursued the suspect when the suspect ran from the scene. During the pursuit the suspect stopped, turned, and shot Patrolman Spencer in the heart. Patrolman Spencer was able to return fire and hit the suspect in the wrist. He was apprehended a short time later.

The subject was found guilty of second degree murder on April 9, 1947, and sentenced 10-20 years in prison.

Patrolman Spencer had served with the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police for three years. He was survived by his wife, mother, child, and siblings.


  • Age 37
  • Tour 3 years, 2 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender sentenced 10-20 years

foot pursuit, off duty

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Your selfless actions that day are the true definition of heroism. Rest in peace always knowing that your law enforcement brethren will never forget your service and sacrifice. Merry Christmas to you and all your family and loved ones.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

December 24, 2020

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