Corporal Ernest L. Lang, Jr.

Corporal Ernest L. Lang, Jr.

Delaware County Courthouse and Park Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Sunday, December 10, 1978

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Ernest L. Lang, Jr.

Corporal Ernest Lang was shot and killed when he intervened in an armed robbery at a bar in Chester City, Pennsylvania.

Two suspects entered the bar and threatened the customers and employees at gunpoint. Corporal Lang intervened in the robbery and in the ensuing shootout was fatally wounded. One of the suspects was also wounded in the shootout and both were taken into custody. They were subsequently convicted of Corporal Lang's murder.

Corporal Lang had served with the Delaware County Courthouse and Park Police Department for three years. He was survived by his wife and six children.


  • Age 39
  • Tour 3 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Convicted

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Cpl. Lang - Your era of the department was way before my time, but your service and dedication to the Park Police is just as valuable and commemorated now as it was then. Time heals but doesn't erase. Thank you for your sacrifice and leading the way for my era and generations to come. Rest in peace. God bless.

P/O Joseph Dougherty
Del. Co. Park Police

May 15, 2020

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