Sergeant Frank R. Von Colln

Sergeant Frank R. Von Colln

Fairmount Park Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Saturday, August 29, 1970

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Frank R. Von Colln

Sergeant Frank Von Colln was assassinated while talking on the phone in the Cobbs Creek guard house at 63rd and Catherine Streets.

He was shot five times and killed by a members of a radical racist group known as the Revolutionaries. Sergeant Von Colln had just dispatched two of his officers to investigate the wounding of another officer who had been shot by members of the same group. The assassins targeted the Cobbs Creek guard house because of its remote location. Two other officers were shot and wounded within the same 24-hour period.

Five suspects were eventually apprehended. All five were convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to life in prison. As of December 31, 2011, all five were still in prison. In 1996 a sixth suspect was apprehended in Chicago, Illinois, and charged with Sergeant Von Collin's murder. He was acquitted in 1999.

Sergeant Von Collin had a son and a daughter who became police officers.


  • Age 43
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to life


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My name is William Dea I grew up in Fairmount 23rd and Parrish. I have played ball on Von Colln field when I was a kid that for numbers of years like many of my friends infringe before before then show on and so forth at 23rd and Pennsylvania Ave for the Fairmount Sports Association. Now we are having a problem there are people camping there putting the sign over all serve on Collins Memorial to the ball field saying no police line on the season is getting ready to open up two other children who play ball there every year ages all colors Creeds does not matter but everything is being held up from these people that are desecrating the memorial Von Collin baseball field at 23rd in the parkway it would be a great help if someone would get in touch with Fairmount Sports Association and trying to help us get these people off of Officer Von Collins Memorial Field so that these children can play their summer games like they have been doing for years and years before me and I hope many more years after I am gone I am 54 years old now my Sunday and also play damn there he won a few 3 championship games you are so many memories down there and there are people that are causing nothing but havoc and refused to leave we need help is there anyone who reads this could please keep in touch with the Fairmount Sports Association thank you

William Dea

June 23, 2020

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