Thomas Pugh

Pennsylvania State Constable Thomas Pugh was attempting to arrest David Dickerson in Homestead on June 14, 1916, when Dickerson shot Pugh twice. He died the next day. Dickerson, who was wanted on a warrant for brandishing a weapon, was arrested at the scene.

Dickerson was convicted of second degree murder on February 9, 1917, and sentenced to 20 years in Western Penitentiary.


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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