Police Officer Wallace J. Muscovich

Police Officer Wallace J. Muscovich

Oakland Police Department, California

End of Watch Sunday, April 23, 1944

Wallace J. Muscovich

Officer Muscovich was shot and killed when he attempted to apprehend an armed robbery suspect while off duty. He observed the suspect shoot a store owner and then flee. He followed the man to a hotel and was engaged in a gunfight in the second-floor hallway. He struck the suspect three times and killed him, but not before being fatally wounded himself. He succumbed to his injuries one week after the incident.
Officer Muscovich had been acting as an Emergency Patrolman, filling in for an officer who had been called to serve in WWII, for ten months. He was survived by his wife and 8-year-old daughter.


  • Age Not available
  • Tour 10 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Sunday, April 16, 1944
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Shot and killed

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Every year since 2009 I have made the blue ribbons with the 51 names of the Oakland Police Officers who have died in the line of duty. It is my honor to do this for the fallen officers. The ribbons hang on a tree outside the Warehouse Bar and Grill in Oakland, California for all to see the sacrifice they have made to keep us safe. God bless you all and rest in peace.

A grateful citizen

February 23, 2012

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