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City Marshal Frederick Warren | Worcester Police Department, Massachusetts Worcester Police Department, Massachusetts

City Marshal

Frederick Warren

Worcester Police Department, Massachusetts

End of Watch: Saturday, November 13, 1858

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 49

Tour: 8 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire (Accidental)

Incident Date: 11/10/1858

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City Marshal Frederick Warren was accidentally shot and killed by a sheriff's deputy who was visiting the city from Charleston, South Carolina, while searching for two wanted men.

The deputy had been in Worcester for approximately one week and had been assisted by Marshal Warren and other members of the Worcester Police Department. Marshal Warren had just made an appearance in the city's police court and returned to his office with the deputy. The two were discussing the firearms used in law enforcement when Marshal Warren removed a revolver from his safe and let the deputy examine it.

As the deputy pulled back the hammer of the revolver his thumb slipped off of it, causing the revolver to discharge. The round struck Marshal Warren in the chest, causing a fatal wound. Other officers immediately ran into his office, where Marshal Warren stated the shooting was an accident and absolved the deputy of any blame. Marshal Warren was immediately attended to by doctors and taken home, where he died three days later.

Marshal Warren had served as the city marshal and constable of Worcester for at least eight years. He was survived by his wife, two daughters, and mother. He was buried in Rural Cemetery.

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To immediately absolve the Deputy of any wrong doing is testament to your character. You served the City of Worcester with all you had and are now remembered, though it is 158 years after the fact. Thank you for your service to the Commonwealth.

God Bless and may your eternal rest be ever peaceful, Brother.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Dept.
December 14, 2016

 

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