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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We honor your memory, dear Sgt. Lingham. You had to be only 18 years old when you joined the PPD. You gave 11 years of your young life, dedicated to making our City safer. Your courage in serving that warrant is remembered. The conviction of 2nd degree murder was no where near sufficient. You are held in the hearts of your fellow Officers & their families to this day & beyond. May your Family have some peace in knowing your loss is honored and grieved over. You & your Family are held in our hearts. Thank you for your dedication to duty and for your courageous service.

Mary Ellen Auman
Wife & Mother of Philadelphia Police Department Officers

May 9, 2020

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