Policeman David H. Wiley

Policeman David H. Wiley

Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Sunday, April 10, 1932

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David H. Wiley

Policeman David Wiley was shot and killed as he and his partner investigated a suspicious vehicle parked in front of a business on Market Street near Third Street. After observing two men exit the building, place bundles in the car, and then return to the building, the officers approached the vehicle. A man sitting inside shot and killed Policeman Wiley and then sped away.

Four men were later arrested and charged with Policeman Wiley's murder. All were convicted and sentenced to life in prison. The group of burglars was suspected in the murder of Policeman William Henderson one month earlier, but were never charged due to a lack of evidence.

Policeman Wiley was a U.S Navy veteran of World war I and had served with the Philadelphia Police Department for six years.


  • Age 31
  • Tour 6 years
  • Badge 3245
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to life

suspicious vehicle

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Thank you for your service, both military as well as police, and please know that your sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren.

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

April 10, 2021

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