Police Officer Alvin Clayton Palmer

Police Officer Alvin Clayton Palmer

Philadelphia Housing Authority Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Wednesday, April 12, 1995

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Alvin Clayton Palmer

Police Officer Alvin Palmer succumbed to a gunshot wound sustained the previous day while chasing a robbery suspect in the area of Fifth Street and Westmoreland Street.

The owner of a restaurant that had just been robbed chased the suspects and then flagged down Officer Palmer and his partner when he enountered them. The officers located the suspect and took one female into custody before her male accomplices ran from the scene. Officer Palmer was shot in the face as he chased one of the men.

The subject who shot him was sentenced to life in prison.

Officer Palmer was a United States Marine Corps veteran and had served with the Philadelphia Housing Authority Police Department for 20 months. He is survived by his wife, son, and two daughters.


  • Age 27
  • Tour 1 year, 8 months
  • Badge 727
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Tuesday, April 11, 1995
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to life


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In these troubled times, I was thinking of you and your courage, kindness and sacrifice. It is hard to believe it has been so long and so many of us are retired now. I wish you were here to enjoy retirement along with the rest of us.
Semper Fi,
Gordon Todd

PHA #767, Lansdale PD#13, LtCol USMC ret
Philadelphia Police Academy classmate

June 17, 2020

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