Patrolman John T. Delehanty

Patrolman John T. Delehanty

New York Police Department, New York

End of Watch Wednesday, September 25, 1895

John T. Delehanty

Patrolman Delehanty was assaulted as he returned to the station house after working a plain cloths assignment. When Patrolman Delehanty and his partner reached the corner of East 34th Street and 2nd Avenue, in Manhattan, they came across a group of intoxicated males acting disorderly. Patrolman Delehanty ordered the loudest of the group to quiet down. The suspect refused and Patrolman Delehanty attempted to seize the suspect, who was an acrobat, but failed.

The suspect struck Patrolman Delehanty with both fists while at the same time tripping him to the ground. The suspect then struck Patrolman Delehanty with a sandbag, fracturing his skull. The suspect fled, but was apprehended by another Patrolman. Patrolman Delehanty died three days later from his injury.

This incident caused the Police Commissioner to restore long night sticks to the force.

Patrolman Delehanty was assigned t the 21st Precinct, the present day 13th Precinct. He was survived by his wife.


  • Age 25
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Assault
  • Incident Date Sunday, September 22, 1895
  • Weapon Blunt object; Sandbag
  • Offender Apprehended

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A damn shame and so unnecessary. Thank you for your pioneering efforts in law enforcement Patrolman Delahanty. May God Bless you and may your eternal rest be Peaceful, Brother.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Dept.

September 25, 2015

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