Officers Dyal and Scarborough were shot and killed during a domestic violence call located at 124 Cottage Avenue. The officers had gone to investigate a report that a man was beating his wife. Officer Dyal, who arrived first, was killed instantly by a shotgun blast from the man as he mounted the stairs to his apartment. Minutes later he shot and fatally wounded Officer Scarborough when he arrived. The suspect offered no resistance when other officers arrived and took him into custody.
The suspect was convicted of both murders and executed in the electric chair on June 14, 1948.