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Rank: Detective
Panel: 60-W: 3
Department: Chester, Pennsylvania, P.D.
End of Watch: November 6, 1948
Cause: Gunfire
Age: 57
Years of Service: 31

Description: Detective Purnsley was shot by a sniper in an incident locally known as the Market Street Massacre. The sniper turned the gun on himself and committed suicide. In all, eight people were killed and six were wounded.