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Detective Sergeant Thomas Joseph Sullivan | St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, Missouri St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, Missouri

Detective Sergeant

Thomas Joseph Sullivan

St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, Missouri

End of Watch: Friday, February 26, 1937

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 45

Tour: 18 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 2/25/1937

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Both shot and killed

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Detective Sergeant Sullivan was shot and killed while he and his partner investigated a rash of robberies in the area of Pine and Olive Streets. Although their shift had finished the two detectives continued their investigation and had gone to a local hotel to ask the clerk if he had seen anyone fitting the descriptions of the two suspects. The clerk took the detectives to a room where two such men were staying.
The men in the room cracked the door open, slammed it, and then began shooting through it. The detectives returned fire and then kicked the door in. One of the suspects was killed and Detective Sergeant Sullivan was mortally wounded. The second suspect fled but was shot and killed by other officers as he attempted to escape in a stolen car. Detective Sergeant Sullivan had been shot five times and succumbed to the wounds the following day.
Detective Sergeant Sullivan was a U.S. Army veteran and had been with the agency for 18 years. He was survived by his wife and three children. Two of his children followed in his footsteps and became St. Louis police officers.

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Det. Sgt. Sullivan,
On today, the 78th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just for your Community but for our Country as well when you served in the U.S. Army during WW I(I read your memorial on the STLMPD web page and it states you joined in 1919 after serving in the U.S. Army which was a year after WW I ended).


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