Police Officer Edward O'Dwyer

Police Officer Edward O'Dwyer

Pittsburgh Bureau of Police, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Tuesday, July 5, 1881

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Edward O'Dwyer

Police Officer Edward O'Dwyer succumbed to a stab wound sustained one week earlier while attempting to make an arrest stemming from an early disorderly conduct incident.

Officer O'Dwyer had attempted to arrest a 16-year-old boy for disorderly conduct when the boy's mother interfered and he was able to escape. He and other officers then went to the family's home near the intersection of Bedford Avenue and Roberts Street to arrest him. When they entered the residence the boy's mother attacked another officer and attempted to take his mace. When Officer O'Dwyer went to the officer's assistance the boy's father stabbed him in the side.

Officer O'Dwyer was taken to his home where his condition worsened and he died one week later.

The boy's parents were both charged with Officer O'Dwyer's murder.

Police Officer O'Dwyer had served with the Pittsburgh Police Department for only three months.


  • Age 25
  • Tour 3 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Stabbed
  • Incident Date Wednesday, June 29, 1881
  • Weapon Edged weapon; Knife
  • Offender Not available

arrest attempt, juvenile

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Patrolman O'Dwyer,
On today, the 125th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Pittsburgh.


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July 5, 2016

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