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Police Officer Thomas J. Ennis | East Orange Police Department, New Jersey East Orange Police Department, New Jersey

Police Officer

Thomas J. Ennis

East Orange Police Department, New Jersey

End of Watch: Sunday, February 14, 1937

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 39

Tour: 10 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Executed in 1938

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Police Officer Thomas Ennis was shot and killed when he interrupted a robbery of a diner in the 500 block of Main Street while walking his beat shortly after 6:00 am.

Two suspects were in the process of robbing the diner and had taken the three workers into a back room and were attempting to flee when Officer Ennis encountered them in the doorway. During the ensuing struggle Officer Ennis was shot once in the abdomen. Despite being mortally wounded, he was able to return fire and wounded both suspects as they fled.

Both men were arrested the following day. They were both convicted of murder, sentenced to death, and subsequently executed together on April 1st, 1938.

Officer Ennis had served with the East Orange Police Department for 10 years.

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Rio officer Thomas Ennis you will never be forgotten thank you for your service

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