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Night Watchman Thomas Cummins | New Haven Police Department, Connecticut New Haven Police Department, Connecticut

Night Watchman

Thomas Cummins

New Haven Police Department, Connecticut

End of Watch: Saturday, November 24, 1855

Bio & Incident Details

Age: Not available

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Assault

Weapon: Blunt object

Offender: Not available

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Night Watchman Cummins was shot and killed when he responded to a family quarrel. While he and another watchman were at the scene a drunk family member attacked them. While struggling with the man a large group of other intoxicated men also attached them. Night Watchman Cummins and the other watchman both suffered head wounds were seriously cut.

Both officers were able to get away and go back to the police station. After filing their report Night Watchman Cummins went to a local church, where he served as sexton, to start the fires for Sunday morning. When parishioners arrived in the morning they found his body inside.

Several suspects were arrested later in the day.

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Rest in Peace, Night Watchman Cummins. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169
February 4, 2012

 

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