Sergeant Harry W. Oebels

Photo of Sergeant Harry W. Oebels
End of Watch: Fri, Jul 8th, 1966
Date of Incident: Not Known
Cause of Death: Gunfire (Intentional)
Service Time: 18 years
Age: 48


He was survived by his wife.


Sergeant Oebels was shot and killed when he intervened in a robbery at a pharmacy on Bayless Street in St. Louis County. He had gone to the pharmacy to pick up his wife from work when two men entered and announced a holdup. When the two men ordered Sergeant Oebels to come closer, he drew his revolver and exchanged shots with the suspects. He was fatally wounded in the exchange of shots. One of his shots struck one of the suspects in the buttocks.

Two years later, the suspect was taken into custody on an unrelated charge. He underwent surgery to have the slug removed because of pain. The slug was held as evidence and linked the man to Sergeant Oebel's murder. The suspect was sentenced to death, but had the sentence commuted to life in prison.

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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