Police Officer Daniel Thomas Gleason

Police Officer Daniel Thomas Gleason

Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Thursday, June 5, 1986

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Daniel Thomas Gleason

Officer Daniel Gleason was shot and when he and his partner responded to investigate reports of vandalism to a vehicle on West Sedgley Avenue, near North Broad Street.

When the officers arrived they approached two people who were standing nearby to ask if they knew anything about the vehicle. The male subject immediately drew a handgun and opened fire, striking Officer Gleason three times in the face and three times in the arm and side. Officer Gleason was transported to Temple University Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Upon investigation, it was learned that the suspect had a hatred for white police officers and in the past had vowed to kill any that ever stopped him. He was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to life on November 29, 1986.

Officer Gleason was survived by his wife and six children. His wife was killed three years later in a car accident.

Bio

  • Age 38
  • Tour 15 years, 6 months
  • Badge 6320

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .32 caliber
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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I remember this incident. I lived about half a mile away from where this happened. I ended up joining the force months later in November of 1986. I had applied on the advice of an Officer whom I later worked with named Chuck Lorman. I used to walk my dog and she loved to pull on the leash when saw Chucks Police car because he always had a treat. We talked about the danger and I used to listen to the police radio crackle with activity. I wanted to be in on that. We talked about Officer Gleason being shot. Chuck said just be careful. Wow. What a flashback. RIP hero Gleason. You will never be forgotten.

Ted Thomas
Philadelphia Police Dept.

June 5, 2019

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