Albert T. Lorch

Albert T. Lorch, a detective with the Allegheny County Sheriff’s Office, was shot and killed while trying to arrest a burglar in Shaler on October 1, 1943. The suspect, Matthew Kozera, who had just been released from prison after serving time for robbery, fired the fatal shot and fled the scene.

Police encountered Kozera on October 10, 1943, in the Hill District. He was shot and killed by County Detective Walter Monaghan as he was being apprehended.

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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