John Wiggins

John Wiggins, an officer with the Allegheny City Police Department, was shot and killed on Ohio St., in Allegheny, on November 9, 1880.

As in the Weimar case, Wiggins was escorting a man in custody when that man, Joseph F. Fuchs, pulled a gun and shot Wiggins.

Fuchs, who was intoxicated at the time of the killing, was convicted of second-degree murder and sentenced to nine years in prison.

Author: Bill Lofquist

I am a sociologist and death penalty scholar at the State University of New York at Geneseo. I am also a Pittsburgh native. My present research focuses on the history of the death penalty in Allegheny County (Pittsburgh), Pa. This website is dedicated to collecting, analyzing, and sharing information about all Allegheny County cases in which a death sentence was imposed. Please share any questions or comments, errors or omissions, or other matters of interest related to these cases or to the broader history of the death penalty in Allegheny County.

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