Police Officer John P. Looney

Police Officer John P. Looney

St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, Missouri

End of Watch Monday, September 3, 1900

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John P. Looney

Officer John Looney and Officer Nicholas Beckman were electrocuted while attempting to use call boxes on their beats.

Earlier in the evening a power line consisting of 3200 volts had crossed onto the police call box circuit at Eight and Carr Streets. The crossing of the wires caused the current to go through the call boxes. Officer Beckman was electrocuted at the call box on 18th Street between Washington Street and Carr Street. Officer Looney was electrocuted at the call box at 12th and Morgan Streets.

Officer Michael Burke died of his injuries one year later. Thirteen other officers were also injured in the incident.

Officer Looney had served with the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department for seven years. He was survived by his wife and two children and is buried at Calvary Cemetery and Mausoleum in St. Louis, Missouri.


  • Age 41
  • Tour 7 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Electrocuted

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Officer Looney,
On today, the 120th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of St. Louis.


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