Lieutenant Howard Snyder

Lieutenant Howard Snyder

Erie Railroad Police Department, Railroad Police

End of Watch Saturday, February 16, 1918

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Howard Snyder

Lieutenant Howard Snyder was shot and killed while attempting to arrest railroad boxcar thieves in the Croxton rail yard in Jersey City, New Jersey.

Lieutenant Snyder had detailed a team of officers to the yard after receiving a tip that it would be targeted by thieves that night. As they closed in on the thieves, who were hiding under a boxcar, shots were fired at the officers. It was later determined that two other railroad police officers on the team were complicit with the thieves and opened fire on Lieutenant Snyder as he attempted to arrest the thieves.

Both police officers and two other suspects were arrested and charged in connection with Lieutenant Snyder's murder.

Lieutenant Snyder was survived by his wife.


  • Age 41
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Location New Jersey
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Arrested

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Lt. Snyder,
On today, the 100th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice as a Law Enforcement Officer.


United States Border Patrol

February 16, 2018

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