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Patrolman Francis V. Quinn | Lynn Police Department, Massachusetts Lynn Police Department, Massachusetts


Francis V. Quinn

Lynn Police Department, Massachusetts

End of Watch: Thursday, February 16, 1933

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 38

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 2/16/1933

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Suspect: Sentenced to Life Imprisonment

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Patrolman Quinn was shot and killed while attempting to question three suspicious suspects.

Patrolman Quinn was on a walking beat that included the intersection of Western Avenue and Washington Street. He was standing in the doorway of a pharmacy at this intersection when he observed three suspicious men walking up Washington Street towards him. As the men reached the intersection, he told them he wanted to talk to them.

He crossed the street to talk to them and before he said a word, they grabbed him, pinning him against a building. He quickly broke free and then saw one of the men draw a revolver. As he went for his own gun, he said, "Don't shoot me! Please think of my family." The gunman then shot him. The patrolman slumped into gutter and he was shot in the head. The other two men fled as soon as the first shot was fired.

All three suspects were capture, convicted, and sentenced to life imprisonment.

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What a beautiful tribute Phyllis from someone who has suffered so much. Francis was my paternal grandfather's cousin. The story goes that his last words were- as above- to think of his family; his last actions were as a policeman where he wrote the suspects' car license plate number with his blood on the sidewalk. He, like your husband were heroes who will always be remembered. The Lynn police Department is now on the same street Francis Quinn was shot and there is a massive cemetary police grave stone in his memory and othe fallen Lynn policemen. Though my brother and I had planned to place flowers -Feb 16 this year on his 79th anniversay- at the site of his death, at the Lynn Police headquarters and at the gravestone Lord willing we will do so next year.
Your Larry will be remembered always.
God bless you.

(My sons are detectives and I pray for their safety at daily mass.)

Sue Sheehan, relative
Sue Sheehan, a distant relative
June 21, 2012


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