Police Officer John F. Evans

Police Officer John F. Evans

Pittsburgh Bureau of Police, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Thursday, August 6, 1885

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John F. Evans

Police Officer John Evans succumbed to a gunshot wound sustained two days earlier while attempting to arrest a man he had just witnessed punch another man outside of a saloon on 6th Street, between Penn Avenue and Fort Duquesne Way.

When Officer Evans rushed to the suspect to arrest him he was shot once in the stomach. The suspect fought with another Officer at the scene and shot the other officer in the ear and then fled the scene to a nearby hotel. He was picked up 30 minutes later after a group of people who witnessed the shooting led other Pittsburgh Officers to him.

Officer Evans was taken to a nearby hospital and then to his home where he succumbed to his wounds on the evening of August 6.

The suspect was sentenced to death but committed suicide before the sentence was carried out.

Officer Evans served with the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police for six months and was survived by his parents, and siblings.


  • Age 31
  • Tour 6 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Tuesday, August 4, 1885
  • Weapon Handgun; .44 caliber
  • Offender Committed suicide in jail

assault, arrest attempt

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Delaware State Police (Retired)

August 6, 2020

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