Watchman Patrick Sleven

Watchman Patrick Sleven

Moyamensing Township Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Saturday, November 2, 1850

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Patrick Sleven

Watchman Patrick Sleven succumbed to a gunshot wound sustained three days earlier while approaching a group of men near the intersection of 10th Street and Catharine Street.

Watchman Sleven's Captain had held roll call in the area of 13th Street and Christian Street due to a suspicious fire of a horse stable and the fear there was going to be retaliation against a group of men who were causing crime in the area. After roll call, the Captain started to walk back to the city hall, believing there was going to be no retaliation. As he reached the area of 10th Street and Catharine Street he spotted a group of men near a hillside near a fenced-in area.

He was surrounded by the group of eight men who threatened him shoot him unless he turned around and left the area. Due to only being armed with his baton he left the area and met Watchman Sleven and another officer a couple of blocks away. As the three officers returned to the area multiple shots were fired from the group. Watchman Sleven was struck in the chest, and the Captain was struck twice in his leg.

Watchman Sleven was taken to his home where he succumbed to his gunshot wound three days later.

It is not known if anybody was ever captured and held officer Sleven's murder.

Watchman Sleven was survived by his wife, and two small children.


  • Age 30
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Wednesday, October 30, 1850
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Never captured

ambush, arrest attempt

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As a recently discovered LODD, I am honored to be the second of what I am sure will be many to come forward to say thank you for your service, and please know that your sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren. Rest in peace always.

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

August 11, 2020

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