Officer George W. Cassels

Officer George W. Cassels

Metropolitan Police Department, District of Columbia

End of Watch Sunday, July 12, 1953

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George W. Cassels

Officer George Cassels succumbed to a gunshot wound sustained one day earlier during a foot chase of a suspect following a robbery of a laundromat in the 1600 block of P Street, NW.

Officer Cassels had been waiting for another off duty officer to meet him when the store owner exited the store and informed him of the robbery. Officer Cassels immediately began chasing the suspect and entered an alley between P Street and Church Street. As Officer Cassels exited the alley, the assailant was waiting and shot him.

The suspect was convicted of murder and sentenced to death. He was subsequently executed on April 26th, 1957.

Officer Cassels had served with the Metropolitan Police Department for two years. He was survived by his wife.


  • Age 26
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Saturday, July 11, 1953
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Executed in 1957

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Thank you for 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 12, 2020

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