Police Officer John P. Looney

Photo of Police Officer John P. Looney
End of Watch: Mon, Sep 3rd, 1900
Date of Incident: Mon, Sep 3rd, 1900
Cause of Death: Electrocution (Accidental)
Service Time: 7 years
Age: 41


He was survived by his wife and two children.


Officer John Looney and Officer Nicholas Beckman were electrocuted while attempting to use call boxes on their beats.

Earlier in the evening a power line consisting of 3200 volts had crossed onto the police call box circuit at Eight and Carr Streets. The crossing of the wires caused the current to go through the call boxes. Officer Beckman was electrocuted at the call box on 18th Street between Washington Street and Carr Street. Officer Looney was electrocuted at the call box at 12th and Morgan Streets.

Officer Michael Burke died of his injuries one year later. Thirteen other officers were also injured in the incident.

Officer Looney is buried at Calvary Cemetery and Mausoleum in St. Louis, Missouri.

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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