Special Officer Patrick Hagney

Special Officer Patrick Hagney

Philadelphia and Reading Railroad Police, Railroad Police

End of Watch Monday, February 3, 1890

Patrick Hagney

Special Officer Patrick Hagney was shot and killed in retaliation for his work against illicit whiskey sales in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania.

He was investigating unusual sounds coming from the pump house when he was shot through a window as he approached it. A note found by authorities at the scene of the shooting referenced his murder and threatened two Phoenixville police officers were actively investigating alcohol violations and illegal liquor sales in the area.

Officer Hagney was transported to a hospital in Philadelphia where he later died. Two men were arrested in connection with his murder but both were acquitted.

Officer Hagney was survived by his wife.


  • Age 45
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Location Pennsylvania
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Acquitted

alcohol violation, ambush, retaliation

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We may never actually know the final fate of the animal(s) who murdered you, Brother, but we do know in our hearts that you went straight to Heaven.

Officer Hagney, you define the term "Hero".

I have faith that God has already blessed you and I pray that you forever Rest in Peace.

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

August 29, 2017

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