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Patrolman James H. Carroll | Lynn Police Department, Massachusetts Lynn Police Department, Massachusetts


James H. Carroll

Lynn Police Department, Massachusetts

End of Watch: Saturday, June 25, 1910

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 55

Tour: 28 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Executed

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Patrolman James Carroll was shot and killed in a shootout with three armed robbers.

Patrolman Carroll was assigned to provide an escort to a partner from the Landregan and Welch Shoe Company as he picked up the company payroll, which was approximately $5,000 to $6,000. As they left the bank, while walking on Oxford Street, three men started following them. At the intersection of Oxford and Willow, the men attacked. The businessman was shot first, then they shot Patrolman Carroll. As both men lay injured on the ground, the robbers emptied their weapons into them.

The event had been witnessed by numerous people inside an adjacent shoe factory and they started pelting the fleeing robbers with shoes, cutters knives, and scraps of iron. As they fled, they later shot another civilian in the leg, believing him to be a plain clothes policeman. When the robbers were being surrounded, one escaped, one committed suicide, and one was shot in the hand during another gun battle. The robber that escaped was later shot and killed by other officers after he opened fire on them. The captured robber was convicted of murder and robbery and was executed on March 7th, 1911.

Patrolman Carroll was survived by his wife.

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One Hundred and Five years have now passed, but still your memory lives on.

God Bless.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Dept.
June 25, 2015


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