Policeman Joseph Edward Bell

Policeman Joseph Edward Bell

Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Thursday, December 23, 1926

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Joseph Edward Bell

Policeman Joseph Bell succumbed to gunshot wounds sustained 12 days earlier while questioning a suspicious subject at 21st Street and Lombard Street. Policeman Bell had witnessed the man ringing doorbells in the neighborhood. While questioning the subject he shot Policeman Bell in the abdomen.

The suspect was convicted of his murder and was later executed.

Policeman Bell had served with the Philadelphia Police Department for six years and was survived by his wife, five children, parents, and several siblings.


  • Age 31
  • Tour 6 years
  • Badge 234

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Saturday, December 11, 1926
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Executed

suspicious person

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Officer Bell,
On today, the 92nd anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Philadelphia. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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December 23, 2018

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