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New Hero Search John Taylor Coax - Feb. 11, 1924 (11622)

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Pennsylvania Dept. of Corrections Patch
Resided: PA, USA
Born: Unk  
Fallen: Feb. 11, 1924
Race/Sex: Caucasian Male
Agency
Dept: Pennsylvania Dept. of Corrections
1920 Technology Parkway  
Mechanicsburg, PA   17050   USA
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County: Cumberland
Dept. Type: State/Corrections
Hero's Rank: Corrections Officer
Sworn Date: Unk
FBI Class: Homicide - Gun
Weapon Class: Police
Agency URL: Click Here
Bio: Not Available
Fatal Incident Summary
Offender: No Info
Location: PA   USA   Mon. Feb. 11, 1924
Summary: Officer Coax and Deputy Warden John Pieper were shot and killed during an attempted prison escape at Western Penitentiary (modern-day SCI Pittsburgh). The escape attempt started when a gas main exploded near the prison's front gates. In the ensuing panic of the prisoners fleeing towards the prison's yard a guard was disarmed. The inmates used the weapon to shoot and killed Deputy Warden Pieper and Officer Coax.

Local police and deputies responded to the prison and were able to prevent the escape and assisted with bringing the situation under control. Five inmates were charged with first degree murder. Two were acquitted. Each of the other three were convicted of two counts of first degree murder. One received the death penalty and was executed December 27, 1926.

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