Chief of Police William J. Kerstetter

Chief of Police William J. Kerstetter

Sunbury Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Wednesday, February 12, 1913

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William J. Kerstetter

Chief of Police William Kerstetter succumbed to a gunshot wound sustained the previous day while transporting a mental patient to the Harrisburg Hospital.

The patient's father had requested the chief's help in taking his son back to the hospital. The suspect shot Chief Kerstetter three times in the head, neck, and shoulder.

Chief Kerstetter had served as chief for 3 years. He was survived by his wife and three children.


  • Age 46
  • Tour 3 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Tuesday, February 11, 1913
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Not available

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Now over 100 years later your sacrifice still has not been forgotten. RIP Chief Kerstetter

Hopewell Police Department, Hopewell, VA

March 21, 2013

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