KILLED IN THE LINE OF DUTY BY GUNSHOT
Appointed: August 1, 1927
End of Watch: February 21, 1928
Officer Charles Fry, twenty-seven years old, of 3028 North 5th street, and he was shot in the neck on New Year’s nights, while engaged in a pistol battle with three robbers who had forced their way into the store of Kampala Brothers, 1323 E. Passyunk Ave.
Officer Gild, another policeman, was detailed to the shop upon complaint of the proprietors of that store that the place was robbed on Christmas day. Both were hiding in the rear of the store when the robbers entered and were later surprised. They immediately open fire on the policemen. When Officer Fry fell with a bullet in the neck. Galdi pursued the men but they escaped.
The wounded Officer was taken to St. Agnes Hospital where he remained for three weeks when be was discharged and placed in the car of Dr. Hubley R. Owen police surgeon. His condition became serious and he was sent to the Philadelphia Hospital. Shortly after that shooting detectives of the 7th and Carpenter Street station where Fry was attached, made a search and arrested the three youths were held. According to police, Officer Fry, before his death, partly identified them and they were released under $1,500 bail each on a charge of assault, and battery by shooting. When word of the policeman’s death was received all were arrested. Three youths were re-arrested and charged with the murder of this policeman. The prisoners are Joseph Barons, nineteen, John Mount, sixteen and Anthony Debunk, eighteen.