Detective Patrick Edward Fitzgerald

Detective Patrick Edward Fitzgerald

Pittsburgh Bureau of Police, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Friday, April 12, 1901

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Patrick Edward Fitzgerald

Detective Patrick Fitzgerald was shot and killed while investigating a robbery and murder which had occurred earlier in the morning. He and other detectives identified a suspect and went to the man's home at 32 Fulton Street, North Side. While at the scene Detective Fitzgerald was shot and killed. The two suspects were apprehended and sentenced to death.

Shortly before their execution date the two suspects escaped from the Allegheny County Jail with the help of the warden's wife, who had smuggled them hacksaws and guns. The suspects were eventually located and committed suicide. The warden's wife also attempted suicide but survived and was charged in connection with the escape.

Detective Fitzgerald had served with the Pittsburgh Police Department for 24 years.


  • Age 45
  • Tour 24 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Committed suicide

homicide investigation

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No passage of time will ever erase your service and sacrifice. Rest in peace always.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

April 12, 2021

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