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Policeman Thomas Dowling | Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania


Thomas Dowling

Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch: Wednesday, June 26, 1912

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 23

Tour: 11 months

Badge # 703

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Deceased

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Policeman Dowling was shot and killed while attempting to arrest a juvenile in a pawnshop. The suspect fled the scene after the shooting but was eventually arrested after a short chase involving an officer and several citizens.

The 18-year-old suspect was convicted of murder and sentenced to 20 years. On August 20, 1912, he escaped from Eastern Penitentiary. Five weeks later during a sensational gun battle with police in Wilmington, Delaware, he shot and killed himself.

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Time may have passed but you are not forgotten. I believe as long as someone remembers you or speaks your name, you are still with us.
Thank you for your heroism.
GOD Bless

Detention Officer A.Zambito
June 26, 2015


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