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Police Officer James Skelly | New Britain Police Department, Connecticut New Britain Police Department, Connecticut

Police Officer

James Skelly

New Britain Police Department, Connecticut

End of Watch: Sunday, October 12, 1924

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 55

Tour: 18 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Executed in 1926

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Officer James Skelly was shot and killed after responding to a report of a burglary in progress at a local department store.

When the officers arrived, they confronted the suspect and identified themselves. The man immediately opened fire, striking Officer Skelly in the chest three times.

The man was convicted of Officer Skelly's murder and hanged in 1926.

Officer Skelly had been employed with the New Britain Police Department for 17 years.

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Searching through ancestry records, I have come to believe that James Skelly is my Great-Great-Grandfather.

Christopher Skelly
Great-Great-Grandson
May 9, 2012

 

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