Lieutenant Walter Louis Szwajkowski

Lieutenant Walter Louis Szwajkowski

Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Sunday, June 27, 1976

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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Detective Robert Flannery retired, I met you while i was working northwest detectives, you used to come up to the detectives area on last out, have a cup of coffee and just talk with the guys. I always liked you from the first time i met you, and I was impressed with how gentle a person you seemed to be, I once said that to you, that you seemed so gentle to be a cop. I was so sad to hear that you had paid the ultimate sacrifice, but not surprised you rose to the occasion, a gentle man who did his job with honor and courage, i was honored and glad have know you, even it only for a short time. Rest in peace heaven is a nicer place with your arrival.

robert daniel flannery retired phily Det

November 23, 2018

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