Police Officer Patrick Stapleton

Photo of Police Officer Patrick Stapleton
End of Watch: Fri, May 26th, 1922
Date of Incident: Fri, May 26th, 1922
Cause of Death: Gunfire (Intentional)
Service Time: 18 years
Age: 42


He was survived by his wife and 14-year-old daughter.


Officer Stapleton was shot and killed when he and his partner responded to a prowler call on Papin Street. As the officers searched the residence Officer Stapleton looked outside and observed man crouching between two sheds. He fired a shot at the man who then ran away. As the officers chased him they fired again, at which time the man returned fire, striking Officer Stapleton in the chest. The man was apprehended but claimed he didn't know he was firing at officers and acquitted of the charges.

His wife was appointed as a female detective after his death.

Information obtained from the Officer Down Memorial Page.


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


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