William H. Heagy, an officer with the Pittsburgh Police Department, was shot and killed on March 25, 1954, when responding to a shooting incident in the Hill District.
Aloysuis Spalding, a former heavyweight boxer, was involved in a fight with another man when a woman intervened, leading Spalding to fire a shot at her. He then fled. Heagy found him hiding and was shot and killed. Spalding hanged himself in his police station cell three days later.
Heagy had been a principal figure in the Cleveland Thompson case, the last Allegheny County execution. Heagy was the original arresting officer. Thompson’s defense subsequently used Heagy’s history of “chronic alcoholism” in an effort to reverse his conviction.