Detective Samuel Lowry Minser

Detective Samuel Lowry Minser

Indiana County Detective Bureau, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Tuesday, March 19, 1918

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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 Detective Bureau 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

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Thank you for your service and rest in peace always knowing that your sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren.

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

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