Patrolman John Shepela

Patrolman John Shepela

Newport Township Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Sunday, November 25, 1928

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John Shepela

Patrolman John Shepela succumbed an accidental gunshot wound sustained three weeks earlier as he attempted to shoot a dog that was attacking him in Glen Lyon, Pennsylvania.

He was attempting to remove his revolver from its holster when the weapon discharged. He was taken to Nanticoke State Hospital where he remained until succumbing to complications from the original wound.

Patrolman Shepela was a U.S. Army veteran of WWI and had served with the Newport Township Police Department for 11-1/2 years. He was survived by his parents.


  • Age 34
  • Tour 11 years, 7 months
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire (Inadvertent)
  • Incident Date Sunday, November 4, 1928

accidental discharge

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On this Thanksgiving Day I’d like to say thank you for your service and also that your sacrifice and service will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement family.

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

November 25, 2021

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