Detective Joseph Etriss

Detective Joseph Etriss

Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Sunday, March 25, 1928

Joseph Etriss

Detective Joseph Etriss was shot and killed when he mistakenly entered the wrong home while searching for a man who had just assaulted his wife.

He was searching for a murder suspect when his life located him and informed him that she had been assaulted. Believing the suspect had entered a nearby home on 13th Street, between Moore Street and Sigel Street, Detective Etriss went inside of it to arrest the man. However, he accidentally went inside of the wrong home. The homeowner, believing Detective Etriss was a burglar, shot him with a shotgun.

Detective Etriss had served with the Philadelphia Police Department for 11 years and assigned to the City Hall Detective Squad. He was survived by his wife and three children.


  • Age 36
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Not available
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Not available


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