Police Officer Alexander Algeo

Police Officer Alexander Algeo

New Orleans Police Department, Louisiana

End of Watch Wednesday, March 26, 1856

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Alexander Algeo

Police Officer Alexander Algeo was fatally wounded as he patrolled the corner of Magazine and Common Streets.

Shortly after a political rally let out of the Bank's Arcade, several citizens heard a loud sound and rushed to the area that Officer Algeo was patrolling. They discovered Officer Algeo lying in the street with a severe head wound and took him to the police station for treatment.

Officer Algeo lost consciousness shortly after telling witnesses that he was worried for his wife and children and remained unconscious until he succumbed to his injuries nine days later.

Initially, the cause of Officer Algeo's wounds was unclear, as there were no witnesses to the incident, and those who claimed to have spoken to Officer Algeo before he lost consciousness gave contradictory statements about how the officer said he had been injured. However, a postmortem examination revealed that the officer's skull had been fractured by a gunshot fired at close range.

No suspects were ever identified in the case.

Officer Algeo was a veteran of the Mexican-American War and had served with the New Orleans Police Department for several years. He was survived by his wife and children.


  • Age Not available
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Monday, March 17, 1856
  • Weapon Handgun; Pistol
  • Offender Never identified

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Officer Algeo, it has now been 165 years and your tragic murder has not been forgotten. We can only hope that your murder found true justice, if not in this life, then in the next. I find it extremely touching that your last words were in concern for your family.

God Bless and may your rest remain ever peaceful, Brother.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Department

March 26, 2021

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