Private John Francis Dargus

Private John Francis Dargus

Pennsylvania State Police, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Friday, May 31, 1918

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John Francis Dargus

Private John Dargus was shot and killed by a suspect wanted for murder.

Private Dargus and other officers pursued the suspect across the state line into Mahoning County, Ohio. A gunfight ensued in which Private Dargus was shot twice and killed.

The suspect was captured in Birmingham, Alabama, on July 27th, 1918, and returned to Pennsylvania one week later. He was convicted of Private Dargus' murder and sentenced to death on December 10th, 1918. His sentence was later commuted to life.

Private Dargus had served with the Pennsylvania State Police for eight months. He was survived by his father.


  • Age 21
  • Tour 8 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Location Ohio
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to life

murder suspect

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Rest In Peace Brother LEO. You are honored and remembered on the 100th anniversary of your EOW.

Officer Mike Robinson (Ret)
Upland Police Dept. CA

May 31, 2018

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