Officer Carl Harold Whippo

Officer Carl Harold Whippo

Johnsonburg Borough Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Tuesday, January 17, 1984

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Carl Harold Whippo

Officer Carl Whippo was shot and killed inside of the police station on Market Street in an unprovoked attack.

Officer Whippo was speaking with another officer and borough councilman inside of the station when a man entered and opened fire with a 12-gauge shotgun, striking Officer Whippo. The other officer returned fire, wounding the subject in the abdomen.

The man was convicted of Officer Whippo's murder and sentenced to life in prison.

Officer Whippo had served with the Johnsonburg Borough Police Department for 14 years and had previously served with the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission and Jones Township Police Department. He was survived by his wife, daughter, three sons, two stepsons, nine grandchildren, one great-grandchild, and two sisters.


  • Age 63
  • Tour 14 years
  • Badge 924

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun; 12 gauge
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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Growing up in Wilcox, I remember Officer Whippo lived in a duplex house on Main Street with his mother. My aunt and uncle lived on the other side of the house. He would sit in the rocking chair on the front porch hardly ever saying anything to us when we visited, but smiling like he was enjoying watching us play with our cousins. Both he and his mother were kind, gentle, soft-spoken people. His death was such a tragedy and shock.
God bless them both.

Lydia Fowler Lamphier
Friend of the family

May 13, 2017

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