Lieutenant Walter Louis Szwajkowski

Lieutenant Walter Louis Szwajkowski

Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Sunday, June 27, 1976

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Walter Louis Szwajkowski

Lieutenant Szwajkowski was shot and killed while investigating reports of a man threatening four people with a gun outside of a church. Lieutenant Szwajkowski, who was attending mass inside the church, confronted the man with his gun drawn when the man opened fire. Lieutenant Szwajkowski managed to return fire, killing the suspect.

Lieutenant Szwajkowski was survived by his wife and two children.


  • Age 45
  • Tour 22 years
  • Badge 73

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Shot and killed

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Dad. You are in my thoughts every single day. I know that you watch over us, guide and protect us. You have been honored this year by one of the Philadelphia Police Academy graduating classes and honored once again on December 6, 2018 by the Camden County Police Academy class # 73 (this was your LT badge number) and on that day your granddaughter, Carley graduated from that class. She follows in the footsteps of her great grandfather and grandfather. Protect and Serve. God bless and please watch over her.

Walter R Szwajkowski

December 20, 2018

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