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Constable P. Joseph Deeghan | Clinton County Sheriff's Office, Pennsylvania Clinton County Sheriff's Office, Pennsylvania


P. Joseph Deeghan

Clinton County Sheriff's Office, Pennsylvania

End of Watch: Saturday, March 5, 1904

Bio & Incident Details

Age: Not available

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 3/2/1904

Weapon: Handgun; Revolver

Offender: One Apprehended; One Escaped

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Constable Deeghan was shot and killed as he and two other officers attempted to arrest a suspect for making threats against citizens.

When the constables approached the suspect's home, he greeted them cordially and requested that they come in to read the arrest warrant to him. The light in the room was intentionally dim, and, as the constable struggled to read the warrant by the fire light, the suspect's wife feigned hysteria and left the room. She secreted two revolvers on her person and passed one to her husband when she returned. The couple then opened fire on the constables, striking Constable Deeghan three times and wounding the other two constables.

The suspects fled the home after the shooting. The female suspect was captured only days after the incident, but the male suspect managed to escape the posse sent to capture him.

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May you rest in peace. I am so proud that you were my grand father's brother and my great uncle.

Joan Deeghan
May 12, 2012


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