Patrolman John W. Kissinger

Patrolman John W. Kissinger

Reading Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Saturday, September 16, 1911

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John W. Kissinger

Patrolman Kissinger was shot and killed while assisting another officer arrest a drunk man at a home in the 1300 block of Locust Street. He was shot while struggling with the man in the back door of the house.

The 26-year-old suspect was taken into custody in the home one hour later. He was found guilty of first-degree murder. He received a new trial and was acquitted.

Patrolman Kissinger had served with the Reading Police Department for three years and was survived by his wife, two sons, and three daughters.


  • Age 53
  • Tour 3 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .38 caliber
  • Offender Acquitted

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Your assailants may have ultimately escaped justice here on earth after being acquitted, but they surely faced a higher justice somewhere else at a later time. Thank you for your service and please know that no passage of time will ever erase your sacrifice. Rest in peace always.

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

July 12, 2020

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