Policeman Joseph V. Campbell, Jr.

Policeman Joseph V. Campbell, Jr.

Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Friday, October 23, 1931

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Joseph V. Campbell, Jr.

Policeman Campbell was shot and killed as he and state troopers attempted to arrest four suspects who had escaped from the New Jersey State Penitentiary. The officers located the escapees in a corn field near Oxford Valley, Pennsylvania, and a two-hour shootout ensued.

Policeman Campbell and one of the suspects were shot and killed during the shootout. One of the other suspects committed suicide when he was surrounded. The remaining two suspects were able to break through the police lines and fled towards New York.


  • Age 29
  • Tour 1 year, 11 months
  • Badge 1439

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Shot and killed


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On this actual 89th anniversary of your untimely and heroic departure I would like to reiterate my previous reflection and say your sacrifice will never be forgotten.

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

October 23, 2020

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