Chief of Police Derle Edward Shoemaker

Chief of Police Derle Edward Shoemaker

South Centre Township Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Tuesday, June 16, 1992

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Derle Edward Shoemaker

Chief Derle Shoemaker died after being in a coma for 17 days. He was accidentally struck in the head which caused him to fall from a second story balcony while conducting a warrant search training exercise.

Chief Shoemaker had served with the agency for 33 years. He is survived by his wife, daughter and son.


  • Age 54
  • Tour 33 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Training accident
  • Incident Date Saturday, May 30, 1992

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