Casper Thomas Schmotzer, a sergeant with the Pittsburgh Police Department, was shot and killed on January 23, 1923, when he and two other officers attempted to retrieve a stolen gun at Michael Globek’s residence.
The two surviving officers testified that Globek shot Schmotzer without provocation as Globek attempted to flee. Globek, who fired the fatal shot using the stolen gun, claimed self-defense, saying the officers struck him when they entered his home.
Globek was convicted of voluntary manslaughter in June 1923.
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.
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