Patrolman Edward George Couch

Patrolman Edward George Couch

Pittsburgh Bureau of Police, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Monday, October 30, 1922

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Edward George Couch

Patrolman Edward Couch succumbed to gunshot wounds sustained the previous day while chasing a man who had just murdered another man at the intersection of Irwin Avenue and Freedmore Street.

The man was walking home from a party when he was confronted by three drunk strikers who began to harass him. The suspect shot and killed one of them and then began to flee. Patrolman Couch, who was nearby, heard the shot and began to chase the suspect. The man turned and fired four more shots, all of them striking Patrolman Couch.

The suspect was an employee of the Pennsylvania Railroad who continued to work despite a strike at the railroad. The suspect was convicted of two counts of first-degree murder and sentenced to death. His sentence was later commuted to life. He died in prison of pneumonia on January 5th, 1929.

Patrolman Couch had served with the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police for 18 years and was assigned to the Woods Run Police Station, present-day Zone 1 Police Station North Side.

He is buried in Lot 16, Range 5, Section F, Division 3 of Union Dale Cemetery, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.


  • Age 42
  • Tour 17 years, 6 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Sunday, October 29, 1922
  • Weapon Handgun; Revolver
  • Offender Died in prison

foot pursuit, shots fired

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Patrolman Couch,
On today, the 100th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Pittsburgh.


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October 30, 2022

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