Fred J Richterkessing

End of Watch: Monday, April 1, 1901

Biographical Info

Age: 38

Tour of Duty: Not available

Rank: Corporal

Assignment: Patrol

Badge Number: Not available

Incident Details

Cause of Death: Gunfire

Date of Incident: April 1, 1901

Incident Location: Broadway and 6th Street

Weapon Used: Gun, unknown type

Case Status: Closed

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Corporal Fred J. Richterkessing was shot and killed by one of his subordinate police officers whom he had written up several times for not being at his post.

The police headquarters had not received the officer's 7:30 pm call from the callbox at Broadway and 6th Street. Ten (10) minutes later, Corporal Richterkessing's body was found at the intersection suffering from a gunshot wound to the back of the head. He was killed instantly at 7:40 pm.

Patrolman George Hanlon was arrested at 6th Street and York Street by Patrolmen Berry, Kenealy, and McAuliffe on the charge of having committed the murder.

After a rigid examination by Chief Hager and Captain Maher, Patrolman Hanlon continued to assert his innocence. He was finally sent to jail with the charge of murder slated again him.

He was convicted of murder and subsequently sentenced to life in prison.

Corporal Richterkessing is survived by his daughter.

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