Detective Peter K. Tsorvas

Detective Peter K. Tsorvas

Pittsburgh Bureau of Police, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Tuesday, November 2, 1920

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Peter K. Tsorvas

Detective Peter Tsorvas succumbed to gunshot wounds to the leg and abdomen while investigating a gambling ring at Wylie and Sixth Avenues three days earlier. Detective Tsorvas and the suspect engaged in a running gun battle in which over nine shots were fired.

His murderer was captured and confessed. He was tried, convicted of voluntary manslaughter, and sentenced to 4 but not more than 8 years.

Detective Tsorvas had served with the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police for two years and was assigned to the Oakland Police District, Present day Zone 4 Oakland.


  • Age 30
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Saturday, October 30, 1920
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to 8 years


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Det. Tsorvas,
On today, the 100th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Pittsburgh.


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November 2, 2020

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