Private Francis A. Zehringer

Private Francis A. Zehringer

Pennsylvania State Police, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Sunday, September 2, 1906

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Francis A. Zehringer

Private Francis Zehringer and Private John Henry were shot and killed while attempting to apprehend fugitives barricaded in a house in Jefferson County.

Private Henry was called to the home after reinforcements were requested. Upon arrival he immediately advanced on the house but was shot when he got within 20-feet of the home. More reinforcements were called in approximately two hours later and another attempt was made to gain entry to the home. In this attempt Private Zehringer was shot and killed and two other officers were seriously wounded.

During the night, under the cover of darkness and rain, officers approached the house and planted dynamite around it. At dawn they detonated the dynamite, destroying the house and killing all of the fugitives inside.

Private Zehringer was a U.S Army veteran of the Spanish-American war and had served with the Pennsylvania State Police for eight months. He was assigned to Troop D, Punxsutawney, present-day Troop C, Punxsutawney.

He was survived by his father and is buried at Riverside Cemetery in Norristown, Pennsylvania.


  • Age 34
  • Tour 8 months
  • Badge 40
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender Killed

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