Patrolman John Joseph Moore

Patrolman John Joseph Moore

Wilkes-Barre Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Thursday, April 29, 1943

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John Joseph Moore

Patrolman John Moore was accidentally shot and killed by another patrolman on East Market Street near Public Square.

Patrolman Moore entered a local barber shop on his patrol beat when another Patrolman took out his service weapon to show customers, and it accidentally discharged, striking Patrolman Moore in the head.

Patrolman Moore had served with the Wilkes-Barre Police Department for 37 years. He was survived by his wife and three children.


  • Age 62
  • Tour 37 years
  • Badge 1

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Not available

accidental discharge

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Patrolman Moore,
On today, the 80th anniversary of your death I would like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Wilkes-Barre. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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April 29, 2023

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