Sergeant Michael S. Lingham

Sergeant Michael S. Lingham

Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Sunday, April 14, 1974

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Michael S. Lingham

Sergeant Lingham succumbed to a gunshot wound a month earlier by a suspect while attempting to serve a search warrant during a drug raid. Sergeant Lingham was shot in the head while he and other officers entered an apartment in the 1600 block of S 20th Street. The subject was wounded by other officers in an exchange of gunfire. Sergeant Lingham was rushed to Graduate Hospital where he remained in a coma till his death.

The suspect was convicted of second degree murder in connection with Sergeant Lingham's death.

Sergeant Lingham had served with the Philadelphia Police Department for 11 years.


  • Age 29
  • Tour 11 years
  • Badge 8588

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Monday, March 18, 1974
  • Weapon Handgun; .38 caliber
  • Offender Convicted of murder

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Today we honored you with a wreath for the holidays. The Hellraisers Bucks county L.E.M.C. was escorted to your grave site by two Septa transit police officers. We read your story out loud and each one thanked you for your service. The officers saluted you. Photos were taken and submitted to your family. For the last five years we honored you and will continue to do so each year. Thank you for your protecting the citizens of Philadelphia. Rest easy .

George Elwell Jr.
Hellraisers Bucks County L.E.MC

December 2, 2018

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