Police Officer John Wiggins

Police Officer John Wiggins

Allegheny City Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Tuesday, November 9, 1880

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John Wiggins

Police Officer John Wiggins was shot and killed on Ohio Street, near Union Avenue, while he and another officer were escorting two prisoners to jail. The officers had arrested the two for fighting outside of a saloon. As the group walked along Ohio Street one of the prisoners started yelling at the other, then pulled a revolver from his pocket, and shot Officer Wiggins in the face.

Officer Wiggins' partner pursued the subject and arrested him several blocks away. He was convicted of second degree murder and sentenced to 9 years.

Officer Wiggins had served with the Allegheny City Police Department for three years. He was survived by his wife, two children, father, and siblings.


  • Age 38
  • Tour 2 years, 10 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; Revolver
  • Offender Sentenced to 9 years

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Officer Wiggins,
On today, the 135th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Allegheny City.


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