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Sergeant Linus A. Shaw | Watertown Police Department, Massachusetts Watertown Police Department, Massachusetts


Linus A. Shaw

Watertown Police Department, Massachusetts

End of Watch: Monday, February 7, 1910

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 78

Tour: 32 years

Badge # Not available

Military veteran

Cause: Stabbed

Incident Date: 10/4/1892

Weapon: Edged weapon; Knife

Offender: Arrested

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Sergeant Linus Shaw succumbed to stab wounds sustained on October 4th, 1892, while attempting to arrest a man in the Bemis area of Watertown.

The man he arrested pulled out a pocket knife and stabbed him several times in the leg, groin, and chest. Despite his wounds, he was able to complete the arrest and walk the subject to the police station.

One of the stab wounds injured a rib. He developed complications from the injury to the rib and died as a result on February 7th, 1910.

Sergeant Shaw was a Union Army veteran of the Civil War and had served with the Watertown Police Department for 32 years. He was a widower who was survived by his son and daughter.

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Sergeant Shaw, you proved yourself to be a true and absolute hero and one tough S.O.B. I admire you and thank you from the bottom of my heart for your service, both to the Union and to the citizens of Watertown and the Commonwealth as a whole.

You no doubt are Resting in Peace, you so earned it. God Bless you, Brother.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Department
November 18, 2017


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