Policeman Robert Donald Wise

Policeman Robert Donald Wise

Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Sunday, November 30, 1924

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Robert Donald Wise

Policeman Robert Wise was shot and killed while trying to break up a fight between a man and woman at 20th Street and Catharine streets.

The man was convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to three to six years in prison.

On December 31, 1937, the same subject who murdered Policeman Wise caused a vehicle crash that resulted in the death of Park Guard Martin Clasby of the Fairmount Park Police Department.

Policeman Wise was a U.S. Army veteran of the Spanish-American War and had served with the Philadelphia Police Department for 18 years.


  • Age 47
  • Tour 18 years
  • Badge 3486
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to 3 to 6 years in prison

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 87th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater, PPD, eow 4/24/05

November 30, 2011

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