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 George W. Cassels

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George W. Cassels

  • Birth 25 Nov 1926 Chester, Chester County, South Carolina, USA
  • Death 12 Jul 1953 Washington City, District of Columbia, District Of Columbia, USA
  • Burial Chester, Chester County, South Carolina, USA
  • Memorial ID 17960955

Officer George W. Cassels was a member of the Metropolitan Police Department in Washington, DC.

Date of Death: July 12, 1953
Rank: Officer
Age: 26
Years of Service: 2 (EOD: 10-02-1950)
Marital Status: Married
Location of Incident: 1515 16th Street, NW (Rear)

Circumstance:
While off duty, Officer Cassels of the Third Precinct, was standing in the 1600 block of P Street, NW, waiting for another off duty officer to meet him, when the owner of the Gem Cleaners reported to him that he was just robbed at gun point and pointed out the suspect.

Officer Cassels gave foot chase and followed the suspect to a rear alley. As the officer exited the alley, the suspect shot him once in the side with a Lugar pistol.

Officer Cassels died the following day, at Emergency Hospital (8th and Massachusetts Avenue NE) with his former wife, Ruth D. Cassels at his side, and was buried in his hometown of Chester, South Carolina.

The suspect, Robert Eugene Carter, 24 years old, of 1523 P Street NW, was apprehended the same day. Mr. Carter was convicted of First Degree Murder in the death of Officer Cassels and was executed in the electric chair at the DC Jail on April 26, 1957. His memorial is 68431793.

Mr. Carter was the last person executed in the District of Columbia.


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  • Created by: John Rentz
  • Added: 17 Feb 2007
  • Find A Grave Memorial 17960955
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for George W. Cassels (25 Nov 1926–12 Jul 1953), Find A Grave Memorial no. 17960955, citing Woodward Baptist Church Cemetery, Chester, Chester County, South Carolina, USA ; Maintained by John Rentz (contributor 46781289) .