Detective Sergeant Timothy Bailey

Detective Sergeant Timothy Bailey

San Francisco Police Department, California

End of Watch Thursday, August 3, 1922

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Timothy Bailey

Detective Sergeant Bailey was shot and killed as he and other officers whet to a suspect’s home to arrest him for murder. The suspect’s sister-in-law had called police to turn him in for six murders he told her about including the murder of Officer James Horton of the San Francisco Police Department on September 19, 1920. A search for the subject was already underway after information was received while during a resent jail booking he had bragged to inmates that he had gotten away with six murders including that of Officer Horton. When they arrived the suspect shot and killed Sergeant Bailey and wounded another officer. The suspect then shot and killed his sister-in-law and then himself.

The suspect, Walter Castor, 28, shot and killed a man in 1913, convicted of manslaughter, sentenced to six years, and released in 1918. His mother said he was kicked in the head by a horse when he was 7-years-old and was never right since. His father was Officer Charles F. Castor of the San francisco Police Department, shot and killed in the line of duty on November 26, 1911.


  • Age 66
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Committed suicide

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Det. Sgt. Bailey,
On today, the 100th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of San Francisco.


United States Border Patrol

August 3, 2022

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