Sergeant Edwin C. Hosli, Sr.

Sergeant Edwin C. Hosli, Sr.

New Orleans Police Department, Louisiana

End of Watch Monday, March 5, 1973

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Edwin C. Hosli, Sr.

Sergeant Hosli succumbed to wounds received two months earlier when he was shot by a sniper who was also responsible for the murder of Cadet Alfred Harrell on December 31, 1972.

Minutes after the murder of Patrolman Harrell, Sergeant Hosli and his canine partner responded to nearby warehouses after an alarm went off. He was shot by the sniper as he entered one of the warehouses.

On January 7, 1973, the suspect shot Deputy Superintendent Louis Sirgo, Patrolman Paul Persigo, and Patrolman Philip Coleman from the hotel roof, killing them. The suspect, who was a member of the Black Panthers, was shot and killed by police, who used a Marine Helicopter to fly over the hotel and fire at the suspect.

Sergeant Hosli had served with the New Orleans Police Department for 10 years. He was survived by his wife and four children.

The Black Panthers is a racist, radical group that professed the murders of law enforcement officers. Members and former members of the group were responsible for the murders of at least 15 law enforcement officers and the wounding of dozens more across the nation.


  • Age 30
  • Tour 10 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Sunday, December 31, 1972
  • Weapon Rifle
  • Offender Shot and killed

burglary, sniper, terrorism

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Sgt. Hosli,
On today, the 50th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of New Orleans. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

March 5, 2023

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