End of Watch: February 6, 1928
Officer Paul Frederick was shot and killed at 9:30 p.m. by two men while on patrol at 11th and Monroe Streets in Portsmouth.
He was shot in the abdomen and was able to crawl to the police phone and request help. One of the men had been arrested by Officer Frederick several months earlier for illegally transporting whiskey in East Portsmouth.
Both suspects were arrested following the murder. They were both sentenced to death and executed on July 5, 1928.
Officer Frederick had served with the Portsmouth Police Department for nine months and was also a motor officer. He was survived by his father, two brothers, and three sisters.
End of Watch: February 26, 1932
Detective Barnes was shot and killed while attempting to arrest a robbery suspect on Seventh Street. Detective Barnes had observed the man attempt to hold up a woman. When the woman started screaming and ran, the suspect ran the other way, towards Detective Barnes.
Detective Barnes stepped out of his vehicle and grabbed the suspect, who immediately turned and fired. Although mortally wounded, Detective Barnes was able to return fire and hit the suspect once in the hand. A man who was standing nearby grabbed Detective Barnes' service revolver, chased down the suspect, and subdued him until police arrived. The suspect's accomplice was arrested a short time later.
Both suspects were convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in April of 1932.
Detective Barnes was survived by his wife.
End of Watch: November 23, 1951
Lieutenant Norman Vogel was killed in an automobile collision as he and an officer responded to a call at the Norfolk and Western Railroad yards. Lieutenant Vogel was ejected from the vehicle when it collided with a tractor-trailer.
Lieutenant Vogel had served with the Portsmouth Police Department for 10 years. He was survived by his wife and child and predeceased by a child.