Police Officer Albert R. Siko

Photo of Police Officer Albert R. Siko
End of Watch: Tue, May 1st, 1934
Date of Incident: Mon, Apr 30th, 1934
Cause of Death: Gunfire (Intentional)
Service Time: 6 years
Age: 28

Survivors

Officer Siko was survived by his wife and two small sons.

Incident

Officer Siko succumbed to wounds received two days earlier while attempting to arrest a robbery suspect. He had just gotten off duty and was waiting for a streetcar when a citizen alerted him to a streetcar robbery taking place one block away.

Officer Siko rushed to the scene and observed the suspect fleeing. As he chased the suspect the man turned and shot Officer Siko in the face. The man then shot Officer Siko three more times as he lay on the ground. After the man fled Officer Siko was able to crawl to a call box and summon help. The suspect was arrested the next day and positively identified by Officer Siko in the hospital before he succumbed to his wounds.

The suspect was convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison. He told prison officials that even though Officer Siko identified him that he was innocent. He said he admitted to the shooting because police told him that he would hang if he did not. A few weeks later a man was arrested with Officer Siko's service revolver in his pocket. He admitted killing Officer Siko, was convicted of his murder, and sentenced to life in prison on October 13, 1934. The other suspect was released.

Officer Siko was a veteran of the United States Army.

Information obtained from the Officer Down Memorial Page.

Agency

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

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