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 Thomas J. Kronschnable, Policeman

Thomas J. Kronschnable

Friday, December 15, 1916



Kronschnable, Thomas J.

Rank: Policeman

Serial Number: Unknown

Division: Unknown

Location: 206 W. 24th St.

Date Killed: Friday, December 15, 1916

Cause of Death: Shot by a Robbery Suspect

Bio: Policeman Kronschnable was shot and killed
while attempting to stop a speeding car. Policeman Kronschnable and
another officer were sitting on their motorcycles when he observed
the car speed by. Unbeknownst to Policeman Kronschnable the
occupants had been involved in several felonies. As Policeman
Kronschnable pulled alongside the car to tell the driver to stop a
shot was fired from the vehicle and struck Policeman
Kronschnable.

The shooter fled to Mexico and was later apprehended in Pittsburgh,
Pennsylvania for another murder. They tried to extradite him to
California after the Pennsylvania authorities extracted a
confession from him. After serving 20 years for the second murder,
he was arrested 30 seconds after being freed from prison and
finally extradited to California. He was tried and convicted for
the murder of Policeman Kronschnable. The District Attorney asked
for the death penalty, but he was sentenced to life in
prison.

Policeman Kronschnable was survived by his wife and a baby
daughter.

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