Police Officer Patrick J. Wallace, Jr.

Police Officer Patrick J. Wallace, Jr.

Pittsburgh Bureau of Police, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Wednesday, July 3, 1974

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Patrick J. Wallace, Jr.

Officer Patrick Wallace was shot and killed while attempting to arrest a suspect on an outstanding warrant near the intersection of Fargo Street and Singer Place.

Officer Wallace and his partner were on patrol in the Brushton area of Pittsburgh and were attempting to arrest a suspect for failure to appear in court. The suspect fled before they could arrest him and a foot chase ensued. As soon as the officers caught the suspect, a second suspect, crouched behind a parked car, fired at Officer Wallace striking him in the chest and killing him. The other officer returned fire, missing both suspects. The two suspects fled the scene.

The 22-year-old gunman, an escapee from Western Penitentiary, was captured in Pittsburg two months later. The suspect, serving a 5 to 15 year sentence for nine armed robberies failed to return to prison after being given a weekend furlough the last weekend in May 1974. After Officer Wallace's murder the news reports of numerous Western Penitentiary furloughed inmates not returning to prison enraged the public. He was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to death on March 28, 1975. His sentence was later commuted to life. As of 2017 he was in prison.

Officer Wallace was a U.S. Army veteran. He was assigned to the 5th Zone and had been with the Pittsburgh Police Department for five years. He was survived by his wife, daughter, and parents.

Bio

  • Age 32
  • Tour 5 years, 4 months
  • Badge 1252
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .38 caliber
  • Offender Sentenced to life

ambushed, foot pursuit

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Thank you for your service and please know that your sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten. Rest In Peace always.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

July 3, 2020

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