Police Officer Harold Erwin Warnecke

Photo of Police Officer Harold Erwin Warnecke
End of Watch: Fri, Dec 15th, 1972
Date of Incident: Not Known
Cause of Death: Gunfire (Intentional)
Service Time: 27 years
Age: 60


He was survived by his wife and two children.


Officer Warnecke was shot and killed by two robbery suspects outside of a grocery store on North Grand. The two men had just robbed the store of $1,000 and were fleeing when Officer Warnecke pulled up to the store, not knowing a robbery had just been committed, to do a business check. As he was getting out of his patrol car the store manager pointed to the suspects and Officer Warnecke called out to them. One of the men approached Officer Warnecke and second man circled around and shot him in the back three times. Before fleeing, the suspects stole Officer Warnecke's watch, wallet, and revolver. Both men were apprehended a short time later.

In addition to his police service Officer Warnecke was a WWII US Navy veteran.

Information obtained from the Officer Down Memorial Page.


Saint Louis Metropolitan Police Department Patch
1200 Clark Avenue
St. Louis, Missouri 63103
(314) 231-1212
Colonel Sam Dotson


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