Detective Samuel Lowry Minser

Detective Samuel Lowry Minser

Indiana County District Attorney's Office, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Tuesday, March 19, 1918

Add to My Heroes

Samuel Lowry Minser

Detective Samuel Minser succumbed to injuries sustained on March 2nd, 1918, while conducting an investigation in Lucerne Mines, Pennsylvania.

He and a deputy had gone to the town in disguise in an attempt to obtain evidence involving an illegal speakeasy. After checking several houses, they entered a fourth house where a party was being held. Detective Minser was recognized and knocked unconscious when he struck on the back of the head with a heavy object.

He was located in a field the following morning and taken to Indiana Hospital. The injuries caused complications to a preexisting medical condition and he died as a result on March 19th, 1918.

Detective Minser had served with the Indiana County District Attorney's Office for 10 months. He was survived by his wife and seven children.


  • Age 40
  • Tour 10 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Assault
  • Incident Date Saturday, March 2, 1918
  • Weapon Blunt object
  • Offender Not available

Most Recent Reflection

View all 8 Reflections

On this actual anniversary of your death I’d like to reiterate my previous reflection and say that your service and sacrifice are always remembered by your law enforcement family. Rest in peace always.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

March 19, 2021

Want even more control of your Reflection? Create a free ODMP account now for these benefits:

  • Quick access to your heroes
  • Reflections published quicker
  • Save a Reflection signature
  • View, edit or delete any Reflection you've left in the past

Create an account for more options, or use this form to leave a Reflection now.