Police Officer Cecil Ingling

Police Officer Cecil Ingling

Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Thursday, January 30, 1947

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Cecil Ingling

Police Officer Cecil Ingling was shot and killed when he attempted to take action during a robbery of a supermarket at 1927 Fairmount Avenue while off duty.

Officer Ingling and his family were outside the market when they heard shots coming from inside. His wife and two children watched helplessly, as one of two robbers shot him five times when Officer Ingling grabbed the robber as he ran from the market. As the two suspects fled in their stolen get-away car other officers pursued. As the car zoomed around a sharp curve one of the suspects fell out and was captured.

A year later the other suspect was captured in Chicago, and the driver of their get-away car was captured. All three suspects were convicted of first degree murder. Two were sentenced to life, the other death. In 1955, the third suspect's death sentence was commuted to life.

Officer Ingling served with the Philadelphia Police Department for less than a year and previously served as a Corrections Officer for 12 years. He was survived by his wife and two kids.


  • Age 35
  • Tour 12 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to death

off duty, robbery

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I cannot imagine what your family not only went through at that moment but also what they had to endure for years after. Your selfless and heroic actions define service before self and true heroism. Rest in peace always knowing that no passage of time can ever erase your service and sacrifice.

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

January 30, 2021

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