Max Lefkowitz

Max Lefkowitz, an officer with the McKeesport Police Department, was shot and killed by Jose Gonzalez on May 14, 1924. Lefkowitz was attempting to arrest Gonzalez for suspicious conduct when Gonzalez stabbed him. Gonzalez then took Lefkowitz’s service revolver and shot him. Gonzalez was badly injured during the altercation.

Gonzalez was convicted of second-degree murder on October 9, 1924.

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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