Detective Urmson Leroy Strayer

Detective Urmson Leroy Strayer

Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Police Department, Railroad Police

End of Watch Friday, July 8, 1927

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Urmson Leroy Strayer

Detective Urmson Strayer was shot and killed after he and another detective caught a subject trespassing inside of a railroad engine in the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad yards in New Castle Junction, Pennsylvania.

The detectives ordered the subject off of the engine and to leave the railroad yards. After the man climbed off of the engine he pulled out a handgun and shot Detective Strayer. The man then jumped aboard an outgoing freight train headed to Ohio.

A suspect matching the description of Detective Strayer's murdered was arrested several days later in Greensburg, Pennsylvania.

Detective Strayer was survived by his wife, 7-year-old daughter, and mother. He was buried in Oak Park Cemetery in New Castle, Pennsylvania.


  • Age 28
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Location Pennsylvania
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Arrested


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Thank you for your service and please know that your sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten. Rest in peace always.

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

July 8, 2020

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