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Detective John J. Shea | St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, Missouri St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, Missouri

Detective

John J. Shea

St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, Missouri

End of Watch: Friday, October 21, 1904

Bio & Incident Details

Age: Not available

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Shot and killed

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Detective Shea, Detective Thomas, and Detective James McCluskey were shot and killed while attempting to arrest two armed robbery suspects wanted for robbing an Illinois Central train. After several months of investigation the detectives received a tip from a prison guard that he thought three ex-inmates were responsible for the robbery. Five detectives went to arrest the suspects in a house on Pine Street where the Soldier's Memorial is currently located.

As they approached they encountered one of the suspects and took him into custody. Two of the detectives took this suspect to the station as the other three proceeded into the home. As the detectives entered a darkened room they were ambushed by the other two suspects. Following a five-minutes shootout the detectives and both suspects were fatally wounded.

The suspect who was apprehended was sentenced to 27 years in prison. On November 24, 1905, he helped stage a prison revolt in which Officer John Clay and Officer Ephriam Allison, of the Missouri Department of Corrections, were killed. He along with two other inmates were convicted of murder and hanged on June 27, 1907.

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Detective Thomas M. Dwyer
St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, Missouri
End of Watch: Friday, October 21, 1904
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Detective James A. McCluskey
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End of Watch: Saturday, October 22, 1904
Cause: Gunfire

Prison Guard John A. Clay
Missouri Department of Corrections, Missouri
End of Watch: Friday, November 24, 1905
Cause: Gunfire

Prison Guard Ephriam Allison
Missouri Department of Corrections, Missouri
End of Watch: Friday, November 24, 1905
Cause: Gunfire

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Det. Shea,
On today, the 113th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you to you and your fellow Officers who were also killed in that incident for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of St. Louis.

R.I.P.
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Anonymous
United States Border Patrol
October 21, 2017

 

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