Lieutenant Robert Earl "Bo" McCallister

Lieutenant Robert Earl "Bo" McCallister

Susquehanna Township Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Sunday, January 20, 2019

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Robert Earl "Bo" McCallister

Lieutenant Bo McCallister succumbed to gunshot wounds sustained on February 19th, 1981, while responding to a bank robbery at a bank at the intersection of North Progress Avenue and Nationwide Drive.

One of the bank employees was able to activate an alarm while the subject was still inside. As Lieutenant McCallister arrived at the scene the subject was forcing two tellers to exit the bank in front of him. The man pushed the tellers aside and opened fire on Lieutenant McCallister, striking him several times.

Despite his wounds, Lieutenant McCallister was able to return fire as the subject fled into a wooded area.

Lieutenant McCallister partially recovered and remained active with the police department. He underwent numerous surgeries as a result of his wounds and passed away from complications on January 20th, 2019. His death was a ruled a homicide by the medical examiner.

The subject who shot him was never apprehended and remains at large.

Lieutenant McCallister had served with the Susquehanna Township Police Department for 32 years.


  • Age 69
  • Tour 32 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Thursday, February 19, 1981
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender At large


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On behalf of my family, I extend our sincerest condolences on the grievous loss you suffered when Bo died from injuries sustained in the line of duty.

To the McCallister family, fellow officers, and all who call Bo beloved, my heart goes out to all of you and may you find comfort in your loved ones and your strength in your faith. When my son was killed, the entire law enforcement community in our area embraced us in a circle of love and support. I know that that you will receive that same kind of support. It makes the unbearable less torturous, and I pray for your solace.

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the dedicated service Bo gave to his community and the citizens of Pennsylvania and for the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on January 20, 2019.

Phyllis Loya
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February 18, 2020

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