Patrol Special Police Officer Joseph W. Boswell

Patrol Special Police Officer Joseph W. Boswell

San Francisco Police Department, California

End of Watch Tuesday, May 3, 1977

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Joseph W. Boswell

Patrol Special Police Officer Joseph Boswell was shot and killed when he interrupted a drugstore robbery on his post. Two suspects had taken the five drugstore employees hostage. When Patrol Special Police Officer Boswell visited the drugstore at 9:00 pm, he was met by the gunmen, armed with a 12-gauge shotgun.

The suspects shot and killed Patrol Special Police Officer Boswell and fled the scene.

Patrol Special Police Officer Boswell had served as a special officer for 20 years.

Bio

  • Age 53
  • Tour 20 years
  • Badge 2645

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun; 12 gauge
  • Offender Not available

robbery in progress

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The actual location of Joe's tragic death was at a pharmacy located on San Bruno Ave and Silliman Street (off US-101). I knew Officer Boswell as a kid and knew some of the hostages. My father saw and spoke to Joe at Bell Market prior to this tragic incident. RIP

James C White (Officer retired)
CHP

May 4, 2022

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