George H. Shearer

George H. Shearer, an officer with the Pittsburgh Police Department, was shot and killed when he attempted to enter a boisterous wedding party on May 12, 1914. Three other officers were wounded. The Hungarian wedding was in Hazelwood.

Stephen Popp was arrested. Popp, who argued that the killing occurred during a melee in which he was being assaulted by another police officer and that he was unarmed and had not fired a weapon, was acquitted of murder on November 20, 1914.

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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