Watchman Alfred Noah Eaves

Watchman Alfred Noah Eaves

Terminal Railroad Association of St. Louis Police Department, Railroad Police

End of Watch Thursday, December 27, 1917

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Alfred Noah Eaves

Watchman Alfred Eaves was shot and killed near the Relay Depot in East St. Louis, Illinois, as he and two other officers attempted to arrest two men who were stealing items from a boxcar.

The officers were concealed in a shanty to observe the area following a recent rash of thefts. They watched two railroad switchmen enter a boxcar and remove property from inside. As the employees attempted to leave the officers confronted them. One of the men opened fire, killing Watchman Eaves.

One of the officers was able to return fire and wounded one of the men. Both subjects were both charged with Watchman Eaves' murder but were acquitted at trial.

Watchman Eaves was survived by his parents.


  • Age 33
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Location Illinois
  • Incident Date Wednesday, December 26, 1917
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Acquitted


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Watchman Eaves,
On today, the 101st anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of St. Louis.


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