Policeman Albert Charles Steward

Policeman Albert Charles Steward

Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Saturday, October 24, 1925

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Albert Charles Steward

Policeman Steward was shot and killed by three robbers who were holding up the Freihofer Baking Company at Limekiln Pike and Washington Lane. A civilian was also shot and killed.

Despite being wounded, he advanced on the armed thieves and was shot three more times. The next night a running gun battle resulted when officers tried to arrest one of the suspects, age 17. The suspect was taken into custody when he was shot in the leg. When questioned, he squealed on his two companions, 18 and 20, because he said they did not give him the correct amount of money from several armed robberies they committed. When officers went to a house where the two were hiding a gun battle resulted. The 20-year-old was shot and killed and the other suspect was shot in his right leg several times.

Policeman Steward was a U.S. Army veteran of the Spanish-American war and had served with the Philadelphia Police Department for 14 years. He was survived by his wife and seven children.


  • Age 50
  • Tour 14 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender One shot and killed; Two apprehended


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Grandfather: I have just retired as a Senior Investigator for the Massachusetts Attorney General. I have thought of your courage often as I worked with numerous municipal and State Police Officers. I pray often for their safety. I thank them for protecting me. I so wish I could have known you in life. But I have carry your spirit throughout my own days. Your grandson, Richard.

Senior Investigator
Massachusetts Attorney General

February 19, 2023

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