Albert Schnittker, a detective with the Pittsburgh and Lake Erie Railroad Police Department, was shot on March 28, 1923, when he opened a railroad car in which he heard a noise. Two men, described as vagrants, jumped from the railroad car, firing two shots at Schnittker as they fled.
Struck in the leg and the abdomen, Schnittker died of his wounds on March 23, 1930.
No arrests were ever made in the shooting, which occurred at the Pittsburgh and Lake Erie’s Southside Yard in Braddock.
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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