Police Officer Neal R. Courtney

Police Officer Neal R. Courtney

St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, Missouri

End of Watch Friday, April 26, 1946

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Neal R. Courtney

Police Officer Neal Courtney was stabbed to death by a 71-year-old vagrant near a vacant lot in the 1500 block of North Broadway.

Officer Courtney had instructed the man to extinguish a small campfire that the man had set. When the man refused Officer Courtney began to put it out with his foot. The man picked up a lighted stick and struck Officer Courtney in the face. After a short pursuit, a struggle ensued and the suspect produced a small penknife. During the struggle Officer Courtney received numerous stab wounds to his face and neck and his jugular vein was severed. The suspect was apprehended by a watchman who witnessed the incident.

The suspect was found not guilty by reason of insanity and committed to a mental institution. He died in the Fulton State Mental Hospital on January 3, 1968.

Officer Courtney was survived by his wife and 6-year-old daughter. His father and brother were also members of the police department.


  • Age 36
  • Tour 10 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Stabbed
  • Weapon Edged weapon; Knife
  • Offender Died in mental hospital


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Rest in peace Officer Courtney. You were killed thirty-four years to the day my father, a former New York City policeman passed away.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

July 18, 2019

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