Policeman Patrick J. Downey

Policeman Patrick J. Downey

Los Angeles Police Department, California

End of Watch Tuesday, February 18, 1919

Patrick J. Downey

Policeman P.J. Downey was shot and killed by a man he had just arrested.

He and his partner were investigating the recent bombing of the Los Angeles Times building and a nearby union office when they observed several men on a freight train. As they boarded the train Policeman Downey detained one as the others fled.

His partner was pursuing the other suspects when the subject Policeman Downey detained began to struggle with him. The man was able to disarm him and shot him in the chest, fatally wounding him.

The man was arrested a short distance away. He was convicted of Policeman Downey's murder and sentenced to life in prison.


  • Age 35
  • Tour 2 years, 2 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to life

Most Recent Reflection

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Sir, we installed a memorial sign for you this week on the bridge directly above the rail yard where you were killed. May everybody who passes by your sign take a second to remember your sacrifices.

Officer Bradley Nielson #36445
Los Angeles Police Department

July 15, 2014

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