Police Officer Joseph Allen Coghill

Police Officer Joseph Allen Coghill

Dormont Borough Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Sunday, December 25, 1921

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Joseph Allen Coghill

Officer Coghill was shot and killed after he and another officer arrested two men suspected of being involved in a burglary. The two men were placed in a patrol wagon to be taken to jail. One of the men drew a concealed revolver and fired three shots. Officer Coghill was fatally wounded and the other officer was grazed by a round.

The suspect was sentenced to death but the sentence was later commuted to life in prison. He was died in prison when he was accidentally crushed by a service truck at the prison's loading dock.

Officer Coghill was a US Army veteran of WWI. He had served in law enforcement for two years and was survived by his wife.


  • Age 27
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; Revolver
  • Offender Died in prison

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On this Christmas Day please know that no passage of time can ever erase your service and sacrifice. Rest in peace always.

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Delaware State Police (Retired)

December 25, 2020

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