Special Policeman John Babb

Special Policeman John Babb

West Chester Borough Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Friday, December 31, 1909

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John Babb

Special Policeman John Babb was shot and killed by a 16 year-old boy inside the boy's home when he attempted to arrest him on a warrant for incorrigibility.

The suspect attempted to murder his parents by putting broken glass in their food. As Policeman Babb ascended the stairway, the suspect armed with a shotgun, fired a load of birdshot into his head, killing him instantly. The West Chester Police Chief along with several officers went to the scene and arrested the suspect.

The suspect was convicted of murder and sentenced to 5 to 20 years in Eastern Penitentiary.


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Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender Sentenced to 5 to 20 years

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Officer Babb,
On today, the 110th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of West Chester Borough.


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December 31, 2019

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